Suzy and I went to the movie Watchmen yesterday. Heck, I’d been waiting for it for over a year. And the pundits said it could not be done well. Some of the Watchmen faithful said it shouldn’t be done.
We found the music to be excellent, the story well told, and the art so true to the original pulp that we felt some frames were direct lifts from the comic books. “Watchmen takes place in an alternate history United States where superheroes emerged in the 1940s and 1960s, helping the United States to win the Vietnam War. The country is edging closer to a nuclear war with the Soviet Union, freelance costumed vigilantes have been outlawed and most costumed superheroes are in retirement or working for the government.”
Prepare to have most of your media cultured opinions about superheroes, male and female challenged. Alan Moore starts the movie with a death of a superhero and then deconstructs most of our preconceived notions about what a superhero should be.
It used to be went a certain male appendage was shown in the movie, the movie was automatically rated X. But scenes with Dr. Manhattan’s (a shower, not a grower) was littered throughout the movie. And along with a rather graphic bedroom scene, the movie was rated an R. Times they are a changin’. So for those who ignore ratings and bring their kiddies to the movie, maybe you should think twice.
Our rating for the movie is R and 4.5 out of 5 stars. Just under 3 hours, there was only one part of the movie that made you wish it’d been edited a bit more brutally. And that was a long fight scene near the end.