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Review (8.5/10)
(By Brendan Cullin)

I must admit, I’m a bit surprised by some of the bad reviews I’ve read and heard about “Watchmen”. Mind you, I’ve only read a couple of things about it and talked to one person who saw it and everyone said they weren’t crazy about it. I went into this movie knowing absolutely nothing about the movie. I’ve never read the graphic novel. I think I only saw one trailer for the movie many months ago. Even after seeing the trailer and hearing some of the hype surrounding the movie, I really had very little interest in seeing it. In fact, I came very close to skipping the screening that I was able to attend on Wednesday night because I had a hockey game to play, and if I went to the screening there was a chance I would be late for the game. Well, I have to say, I’m very happy I ended up going. I loved “Watchmen”. It’s far from a perfect movie but it’s absolutely entertaining and one of the best comic book movies I’ve ever seen. In fact, it might rank behind only “The Dark Knight”. It’s got great characters. The story moves along at an excellent pace, considering the movie runs somewhere around 2 hours and 45 minutes. Malin Akerman is naked. And Jackie Earle Haley owns the movie. He is simply outstanding as Rorschach. His performance might even rank up there with Heath Ledger’s Joker – he’s that good.

The bad in the movie? Well, if you want to get picky, it is a long movie. If I didn’t have to leave for a hockey game, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have cared as much but the ending seemed to drag a lot and ended up being one of those conclusions where the bad guy seems to walk you step-by-step through his devious plot. I also found some of the make-up to be pretty amateur, especially on some of the aging actors and actresses and particularly on Richard Nixon. Not sure if this was supposed to be like that but it was kind of distracting. I also could have done without seeing Dr. Manhattan’s three foot long blue hog in almost every scene of the movie. It almost made me feel bad for Nite Owl II, who was in the process of courting Manhattan’s ex-girlfriend, Silk Spectre II. Can you imagine? Here you are, in the process of wooing this beautful young woman and everytime you turn around, there’s her ex-boyfriend standing there naked with a big baseball bat hanging between his legs? Poor guy…

Besides these few minor gripes, I have to admit too that there was about a 20-minute stretch in the movie where I was kind of confused – right around when Nite Owl II and Rorschach were figuring out who was behind the evil plot. I’m still not exactly sure how they figured it out, but I suppose on a second viewing I’ll get it. And that second viewing will come. I can’t remember the last time I saw a movie twice in a theatre but I’m pretty sure “Watchmen” will be one of those movies. I liked it that much. As I said, it’s got some great action. It’s funny at times. I loved most of the characters (wasn’t really a big fan of Ozymandias, unfortunately). And there’s at least one, maybe two, scenes that will make you jump in your seat. That I can almost guarantee. The one scene I’m thinking about, and I won’t reveal it, made me yelp out in the theatre. It was that painful to watch. I guess that’s all I really have to say about “Watchmen”. It’s definitely one for the ages and I’m certain it’s going to set all kinds of Hollywood records. I have a feeling the general public are going to eat this one up.


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