Zack Snyder’s Watchmen manages a near-impossible task of translating Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ seminal comic-book series to the big screen by sticking as closely to the original material as is possible in the medium of film.
Master strokes are the opening credits, bringing the uninitiated up to speed with the alternative 1985 of the story’s setting, and the uncompromising lynchpin of the story, the anti-hero Rorschach.
If you haven’t read the source material, pick up a copy and read it before you go to the cinema, or you’ll find the first 90 minutes slightly bewildering.
I would normally have given this a 4/5, but I’ll go for a 3/5, as it missed an opportunity to cast some strong, experienced actors in the supporting roles and stuck a little too closely to the original dialogue and source material to make the jump complete – but otherwise, it was a great movie that will undoubtedly stand the test of time.
Particulary when the extended versions hit theatres and DVD/BluRay.