Does the Watchmen Movie Suck? – Awesome Comics

The Awesome Comics crew discuss the DC Comics series and ask, did the movie do it any justice?

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  1. Yes.

    Okay I haven’t watched the video yet, but I wanted to chime in and say that yes, this movie was meandering, self-indulgent, and boring.

    I appreciated the effort to adapt such an unconventional story to film, but maybe it was better left in graphic novel form?

  2. Yeah, I thought it kinda sucked. For something that endeavours to stick to the source material so closely, it somehow managed to lack the heart of the original graphic novel. There’s just something, cold and superficial about it. Then again, that’s how i feel about most Zack Snyder films. Oh, and no giant tentacle monster at the end.

  3. I’ve never seen or read Watchmen since anything that gritty/dark is not my thing. Plus, I was in high school when this came out so I would have had to sneak into the theaters if I wanted to see this when it came out.

  4. I’ve never read the graphic novel, and I imagine I’d like the movie a whole lot less if I read it prior to watching the film.

    But as it is, I love it. My big gripe with it is that it’s far too over-stylized in its visual tone. And it’s a big gripe.
    But other than that I loved pretty much everything about it. Almost all of the cast and characters, the plot, the ending, and most of all; Dr. Manhattan.
    I don’t know how Dr. Manhattan is done in the novel, but I find the movie character to be wholly interesting and cool.
    Plus, his origin sequence is like a great little short film in itself. Just beautiful.

  5. The Wagner piece, “Flight of the Valkyries”, is considered a staple of Vietnam movies, mostly thanks to Apocalypse Now. I think that’s why they chose it: as an homage to Coppola.

    I never read the comic, so I will give you my thoughts as someone who isn’t making comparisons between source material and adaptation:

    1. First, The Watchmen isn’t really for me. While I do love psychologically-driven superhero stories sometimes, it has to be characters that I relate to. And I don’t feel like I could really relate to any of them. Rorschach is too sadistic and delusional; Night Owl is too much of a wimp (even though he’s supposed to be this world’s Batman), Comedian is too sociopathic, and Manhattan is to inaccessible, too messianic, if you get my meaning. And Specter? She’s seems more like a FLI than a heroine on her own.

    2. The storytelling itself seemed to rely too much on gimmicky things, like flashbacks and slow-mo. I didn’t feel as though I was watching a superhero film as I was a drama about superheroes. Honestly, it felt mostly dull and dragging.

    3. For a film about a bunch of mundanes, everything felt too powerful. Sure, I can buy Captain America punching a Nazi through the air, but not someone who isn’t enhanced in some way. It kind of ruined my suspension of disbelief.

    4. The story itself has an interesting concept: what if the ultimate good can be accomplished by way of committing the penultimate evil? If billions of lives can be saved by killing a couple million people, is it worth it? Is it right? And, of course, the final answer is that the one who did it really is the villain; but can his abominable act of atrocity be justified if used to accomplish the greater good? True, at that point, the heroes can’t stop it; but should they suppress the truth for the sake of saving mankind considering what had been done? Will it even work? The concept is complex and interesting, but the execution is off.

    5. The ending: generally, I’m the type of guy who prefers for the adaptation to tinker as little as possible with the source material, with the realization that some changes need to be made to compensate for the medium. And I can certainly understand why fans of the comics would want to see the giant squids from outer space (I think Mr. Lovecraft would have). But thematically, I’m kind of glad they did change it. Not because it would have been totally goofy, but because it puts Dr. Manhattan not only in a position in which he has to keep a terrible secret, but it quite distinctly makes him the sacrificial lamb; he has to leave earth in order for Ozzie’s plan to work.

    All in all, I don’t really like the movie that much. It’s just not my cup of tea.

  6. This was a good movie and I really enjoyed it but it’s never going to be as great as the graphic novel and I think that’s why people say they don’t like it. The Watchmen is one of the best stories I’ve ever read, I’m sure a lot of people feel that way. It would have been really interesting to see the giant monster squid thing in the movie though haha.

  7. No, I don’t think it sucks.

  8. I’ve read the comic multiple times, and I enjoyed the movie a lot.

  9. I really disliked the movie’s version of Ozymandias. The movie didn’t make a proper attempt to make him likable or the “man-god” he was in the comic. (Nothing personal against Matthew Goode, but he was too sleazy-looking for the role.)

  10. I don’t need to watch to know what the answer will be:

    “Duh, of course it’s bad, Zack Snyder made it! What are you, retarded or something?”

  11. I love the film. I also love the comic. The changes don’t really bother me. Apart from the change to the big plan, the ending.

    In the film: Dr. Manhattan is a being with god-like powers. No amount of preparing can make us as a people stand a chance against him. So it wouldn’t draw the planet together, instead it would splinter it more as people get conflicting views on how to appease him, spawing dozens or hundreds of new religious cults.

    In the comic: the tentacle monster, as silly as it looked, was explained as a being from another dimension that died during the transition. Which is a lot scarier to people as it confirms extra-terrestrial life, and gives the possibility that more could follow, and possibly survive. It also showed that they were not invincible gods, meaning that joining together gives us a better chance to fight off anything else that comes through if it managed to survive the transition.

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