I’ve just come back from seeing Watchmen, and it’s the best film I have seen this year. For anyone who has read the graphic novel, I think you will find it an absolute delight, because it *is* the graphic novel, but it moves. A mixture of good casting and makeup means that all of the characters look just right, and the shooting uses many of the same angles as in the original – clearly they used the book as the storyboard.
As for the notable change – I am not going to go into details here, but I can imagine some die-hard fans may be dissatisfied with any change to Alan Moore’s story. However, I felt like applauding, as it was elegant and in the spirit of the original, and was probably what made it possible to tell the story in less than 6 hours.
A wonderful soundtrack, by the way, and the first time I have ever heard Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” used in a film in the correct context; and using Cohen’s own version, no less.
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