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Thursday, February 24, 2011

Saw "Watchmen" For The Nth Time...

After watching Zack Snyder's masterfully filmed comic book movie Watchmen (based on the critically acclaimed graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons) a gazillion times, I'm still enjoying it. And even though the movie has its fair share of critics, most notably one of the co-creators of the graphic novel where it was based from - the great Alan Moore - I have to say that it was a success and undoubtedly one of the best comic book movies. 

Synopsis via IMDB:

In a gritty and alternate 1985 the glory days of costumed vigilantes have been brought to a close by a government crackdown, but after one of the masked veterans is brutally murdered an investigation into the killer is initiated. The reunited heroes set out to prevent their own destruction, but in doing so discover a deeper and far more diabolical plot. 

Trust me, that snyopsis is deceiving. Deceiving in the sense that it was described as having too simple of a plot. My friends, this movie is MORE than that.

The movie is as real as you can possibly get and you can never go wrong with the cast  (which doesn't include A-list names that actually made the film even better) and Zack Snyder's directing. And the heart-stopping climactic twist is perfectly brought to life like it was Just torn off of a page from the comic book itself which, actually describes most of the movie too. Everything was just fit together as if these guys were destined to do this adaptation of one of the most acclaimed graphic novels of all time.

I have read the original 1985 graphic novel itself and honestly, Snyder nailed it with this flick. It gave me a lot than I could ever hoped for a Watchmen adaptation and I applaud Snyder for staying true to the source material because it might not have worked if he tweaked it too much and thus making the whole movie a big disappointment. The comic book scenes and dialogues are amazingly the same, the fight choreography is very much realistic, the characterization is just splendid,(I still remember every line from Moore's writing while watching the film) the story is still as powerful and engagingas it ever wars 24 years later, and Malin Akerman's slow motion sex scene with her tits exposed are not that bad either despite that whole scene's awkward-ness (at least for me). I'm just glad to see this absolutely classic brought back to life.

Plus, it  probably has one of the best film intros ever made (probably because of the great "Times A-Changing" song by the immortal Bob Dylan, but still...) in history, with Snyder able to tell most of the story in less than 6 minutes. Its epic movie making at its finest. Here's the link if you haven't watched it yet (embed request is disabled): 

And if you haven't seen this thought-provoking movie, please do because this is nothing like you have ever seen and experienced before in a superhero film. Sure, it has its lows and horrible moments, but the good things simply outweigh the bad ones. It was simply wonderful and I won't get tired watching it over and over again.

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