Watchmen (Rated R)
Gavin Grade: B
This is a tough one to write. I read the graphic novel, for which this movie is adapted (almost shot for shot), when I was in college 9 years ago. I remember loving this book! I ripped through it in two days, which is rare for me. But the frenzied pace that I read it was lost on a movie that almost enjoys testing the audience's patience. At a running time of two and a half hours, it moves more like it's four. There were definitely scenes that could've been cut...and that's coming from a fan! That is not the book that I remember reading. But that's the unfortunate part of giving the narration to someone else, which in this case is director Zack Snyder. The original story is practically drenched in symbolism; from Dr. Manhatten representing God to Ozymandias taking his name from a famous poem about the destruction of a kingdom. But I feel like those are things that need to be taught as you enjoy the story. Instead it just comes across like a splatter of blood, sex and swearing. Oh yeah, there's lots of that. LEAVE YOUR KIDS AT HOME! That's why the damn thing is rated R, you dumb parents. But besides the pace of the film, a few disappointing moments and loads of blue penis; it still stands up as a good film...just not great. The big question everyone has is, "If I never read the book and know nothing about this, will I still enjoy it?" I'd say that you will, but don't miss the amazing opening credit sequence! Even still, this movie isn't for everyone. If you're looking for the fun of "Iron Man," this isn't for you. If you're looking for the all-star cast of "The Dark Knight," you need to keep moving. But if you're looking for a superhero movie that delivers great action, lots of gore, steamy sex and a story that goes above and beyond anything like it before...then this is for you (just make sure you go to the bathroom and get something to eat first).