Watchmen (DVD)

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Watchmen (DVD)

300's Zack Snyder brings Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' critically acclaimed comic book WATCHMEN to the big screen, courtesy of DC Comics and Warner Bro...

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Excellent

“~ The City is afraid of Me ~”

published 16/03/2009

ProEcellent SP/FX, Great cast and good story

ConsAbit too long, brutal events for some

~ The City is afraid of Me ~ This weekend me and a few friends decided to go to the cinema to watch new release ‘Watchmen’. After seeing the advert on TV I was really anxious to see it. After waiting a while until it had been out for a week or two we went over to Bristol as this is the biggest...

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Satisfactory

ProLooks good, mostly well acted

ConsMuch too long; over-literal; feels like it misses ...

A film-only review. You can get a DVD for £3.50. After 20-odd years they finally made a film of Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ revolutionary comic series. It’s helmed by Zack Snyder (the ‘visionary director of 300’, as posters hilariously told us). As with Twilight and Harry Potter, this...

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Super

“Who Watches the Watchme.....”

published 07/03/2009

ProVisually superb. Very faithful to its source mater...

ConsFemale characterisation and casting flawed. Ozyman...

It's autumn 1985, and cold war tensions increase to worrying levels as Dr Manhattan flees Earth. It's 1959, and a tragic accident utterly annihilates Jon Osterman within an Intrinsic Field test chamber at Gila Flats. It's 1977, and the Keene Act outlaws masked vigilantes. It's 1976, and Nixon is...

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Good

ProNot camp in anyway as these movies invitably are

ConsToo long

To be honest I'm unaware of the whole 'Watchmen' legacy , other than it's a revered graphic novel and its famous author, Alan Moore, lives in my hometown of Northampton, presumably where he got the apocalyptic and grim utopian inspiration from for it. If only Northampton was as uplifting as the...

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Excellent

ProThe best film I have seen in a long time

ConsOdd bit went unexplained

Waking up Saturday morning with a massive hangover, and not wanting to head straight home meant I needed to find a way of killing some time, so my friend and I stumbled into Cambridge and ended up deciding to go the cinema. There wasn’t a lot on, but what did catch out eye was “Watchmen”, James...

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Super

“I've Seen Its True Face...”

published 29/04/2010

ProStrong performances and a clear directorial vision...

ConsThe bum-numbing length, some dodgy effect and THAT...

In an alternate version of 1985, the world sits on the brink of nuclear Armageddon, with the ‘Doomsday Clock’ set at five minutes to midnight. In this world costumed vigilantes have been banned since 1977, but they are still there and desperate to save the world. When The Comedian is murdered...

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Good

“Watch this once man.”

published 23/08/2009

ProTwo great performances, action is great, certainly...

ConsHeavy plotting, poor supporting cast, dull conclus...

When retired hero "The Comedian" is murdered it seems clear that someone is out to get retired crime fighters. Masked hero and psychopath Rorschach is not one to stand by and wait to be next and sets about tracking down the killer. Meanwhile Dr Manhattan is busy researching a way to stop the...

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Satisfactory

Progreat special effects

Consplot and storyline!!

Introduction Set in an alternative 1985 where Richard Nixon is the President of the United States and the threat of Nuclear war is still hanging over the world Watchmen is film that film that features superheroes. It isn't, however a Superhero film as none of 'Watchmen' have any actual...

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Super

“A Smile for the Watchmen”

published 15/08/2009

ProCharacterisation, Setting, Music

ConsActing, Length

I have long been a fan of graphic novelist Alan Moore's works including V for Vendetta and Heroes. With that being said, Watchmen never appealed to me due to the uncanny nature of the comics. When I first viewed the previews for the film adaptation, I was most un-enthused. However, after finally...

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Good

“Watchmen - A Bit Of A Shame.”

published 16/03/2009

ProThe sequences with Dr Manhattan, the intermittent ...

ConsThe rancid, disgusting streak of misogyny.

Who watches the Watchmen? Nobody anywhere near the township of “Enough”, it turns out, if a grovelling Please Go See This Again letter written last week by screenwriter David Hayter is any indication. Hayter’s letter, posted on various fan sites and blogs, implores fans - and detractors, even...

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Satisfactory

ProStunning visuals

ConsNot well cut, too long and hard to follow

Like Hitch Hikers Guide To The Galaxy and Alien 3 this film was in development hell for a very long time before an extended legal battle finally allowed its appearance on the silver screen. It may had made millions in both the US and UK box offices already but its still not a very good movie...

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Not for me

“155 Minutes I wont Get Back!”

published 17/02/2010

Prosome good effects

Consbad story, unnecassary brutal scenes,hard to make ...

It is 1985 and in America we see a group of Superheroes living ordinary lives as the President declared a ban on them. They are struggling to keep their powers in check and when one of the old heroes gets murdered Rorschach sets out to try and find out why the killer is. He seeks the help of...

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“Who Watched It Then?”

published 16/02/2010

ProDirection and script

ConsToo much gore!

Watchmen is about a group of vigilantes in an alternate 1985 (oooo sounds very Back to the Future 2) who uncover a conspiracy to upset the balance of power in the world. At this time the US and Russia are at the height of the Cold War and there seems very little time left until Armageddon...

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Super

ProFantastic creation

ConsConvoluted plot, extensive characterisation

I've been putting this off and putting this off, to be honest. I have long been a fan of comic books, ever since a chance encounter with an early Wolverine edition got me hooked. However. Alan Moore's Watchmen was never something I managed to get into. When the hype started, surrounding the...

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Excellent

ProStory and special effects

Consnone

The 2009 film, Watchmen, is a film adaptation of a comic book of the same name by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. It features former masked crime fighters who come out of retirement when one of them is murdered. Watchmen is set during an alternative timeline in 1985 where tensions exist between the...

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300's Zack Snyder brings Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' critically acclaimed comic book WATCHMEN to the big screen, courtesy of DC Comics and Warner Bros. Pictures. Set in an alternate universe circa 1985, the film's world is a highly unstable one where a nuclear war is imminent between America and Russia. Superheroes have long been made to hang up their tights thanks to the government-sponsored Keene Act, but that all changes with the death of The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), a robust ex-hero commando whose mysterious freefall out a window piques the interest of one of the country's last remaining vigilantes, Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley). His investigation leads him to caution many of his other former costumed colleagues, including Dr. Manhattan, Night Owl (Patrick Wilson), Ozymandias (Matthew Goode), Sally Jupiter (Carla Gugino), and her daughter, The Silk Spectre (Malin Akerman). Heralded for bringing the world of superheroes into the literary world, WATCHMEN gave the super-powered mythos a real-life grounding that had been missing in mainstream comics to that point. The film adaptation had languished in one form of development hell or another for years after the book's release, with various directors on and off the project, including Terry Gilliam, David Hayter, and Darren Aronofsky, as well as Paul Greengrass, whose eventual dismissal stemmed from budget conflicts with the studio.

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