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).