Zack Snyder forgot to make a Film here while attempting to do a faithful adaptation of the Graphic Novel. He missed the point. You can’t adapt it. There’s just too much material to adapt, the same goes for Book adaptations. Not even Peter Jackson attempted this with the “Lord of the Rings”. But Syner apparently did his best to do so here.
While it may be sacrilege in some circles to cut this graphic novel down to a usual script size it is in the end the only realistic way to do it justice as a Film unless you want to totally alienate the movie going audience which is what it did.
I ‘m not a fan of Zack Snyder. I didn’t watch “Dawn of the Dead”, I didn’t like “300″, I thought it’s all image and no soul. Watchmen also is too much style over substance. In trying to accomplish the impossible the film lags, without focus, without pace. What he had to do as any film maker would have was to slim it down to a film format as previous scripts for this had done. Give it a definitive beginning, middle and end. Focus on more important or interesting characters. Rorschach and the The Comedian are the most fascinating characters that are also played well by the actors in those roles.
Rorschach reminds me of “The Question” from DC comics. I believe Rorschach is based on “The Question” since Alan Moor couldn’t use characters from DC. But Rorschach is more like a Dark Knight Returns Batman in terms of personality (note Rorschach is beaten by Miller’s Batman in a cameo in the comic “Countdown Final Crisis). “The Nite Owl” is clearly based on Batman and the movie even shows him saving the lives of what appears to be Bruce Waynes parents.
I had debated reading watchmen before the movie was released as I was hyped by the buzz surrounding it. I decided to wait and read it after since my love of films gave me preference over the events that take place in the story and I didn’t want the movie to be spoiled for me. However I felt that the movie itself pretty much gave away who the villain was. It’s disappointing that that character plays such a small part throughout most of the movie only to presume a larger presence at the end.
While I commend them for giving this a R (18) rating I no longer feel you can pull in the audience with this rating. It’s not like the 80s or early 90s. A large audience is young kids now and older people just don’t enjoy having to listen to some kid talking on their cell phone during the movie when they could be at home watching this on DVD and BluRay.
One thing i’m glad of is he didn’t make the movie contemporary and have it relate to some world issue of today. The alternate universe in which this film takes place is interesting due to the time setting as it’s a product of the 80s when we had this and Frank Miller’s “The Dark Knight Returns” ruling comics.
Favorite Quote: “You see, Doctor, God didn’t kill that little girl. Fate didn’t butcher her and destiny didn’t feed her to those dogs. If God saw what any of us did that night he didn’t seem to mind. From then on I knew… God doesn’t make the world this way. We do.” – Rorschach