Friday, March 6, 2009

Box Office Review - Watchmen

(Note: As a fan of Alan Moore's original source material and their being some major changes to the storyline in the film, I will not be comparing the graphic novel to the movie. I feel that this will allow a fair review of the film.)

Zack Snyder leaves his mark all over this long and uneven super-hero epic. There a flashes of genius throughout the film, such as the opening fifteen minutes, but as it seems with all Snyder's movies he is never able to keep that level of quality throughout the film. The acting by Jeffery Dean Morgan and Jackie Earle Haley is exceptional, and when they are on the screen that is when the movie is at its best. As for the story, it left a lot to be desired. The movie tries to explain all of its complex characters while maintaining a brisk pace, but this just results in a jumbled storyline. This also makes the movie look poorly edited. The film has a solid score, and a interesting soundtrack. All the songs used were meant to contrast what was happening on the screen. Quentin Tarantino has always down this well, and here some of the songs do add something special to the scene, but others fail miserably. The film is overly stylized and there is some bad CG. Zack Snyder loves doing slow motion shots and after the first couple that he uses, he is the only one still enjoying it. There are a lot of faults in this movie and I find it hard to believe that people unfamiliar with the source material will enjoy sitting through the two hours and forty five minute run time, but I am willing to give it another chance mainly because of the two strong performances by Morgan and Haley. I think that I will wait and check out the extended directors cut when it hits DVD.

A Banana Peel

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