Let’s get this straight, THIS IS NOT ALAN MOORE’S WATCHMEN.  With that said, this movie– this story, cannot be “Alan Moore good.”  And we all knew this once word got out that there were changes made.  However, Zack Snyder still does a pretty good job staying faithful to the book by capturing the dystopia that Moore presented and by focusing and developing the complex story of each hero.  Aside from the drastic change in the ending, the Watchmen movie is a decent adaptation of Alan Moore’s book.

When I first heard that Watchmen was being made into a film, I reverted back to the common idea of the book being un-filmable.  I mean, how exactly were they going to include all the dossiers and all the other unique elements in the movie? Plus with the majority of stupid moviegoers that give film studios reasons to produce intellectually devoid “spoof movies,” how can “the general public” “enjoy” such a story as rich and epic as Watchmen?  Luckily, Snyder manages to produce something that is nowhere near a Michael Bay piece of shit work.  Aside from all the gratuitous slow motion (and that awkwardly long sex scene between Nite Owl and Silk Spectre) and the altered ending, the “Visionary Director of 300” successfully gives us a movie that provides a very faithful character study of each hero.  Thankfully, the film doesn’t hold back in being a character drama.  The true Watchmen fan won’t be disappointed in witnessing how and why each hero comes to perceive the world and the people that live in it.  Jackie Earle Haley perfectly captures Rorschach’s voice, and Patrick Wilson convinces us with Dan Dreiberg’s helplessness and general impotenece.  As for the other characters, the chick from “Harold and Kumar” is a forgettable Silk Spectre, Billy Cruddup does a good job being detached from humanity (but still sounds like a gentle vulcan), and as for the Comedian, I still can’t help but think how much he looks like a chubby version of Tony Stark; nonetheless he still does a good job portraying the ruthless and nihilistic cynic.

Furthermore, Snyder is on point in capturing the political and dystopian theme depicted in Moore’s book.  Given the fact that this story doesn’t truthfully translate the comic book, this movie ultimately serves as an “Alan Moore-esque” Watchmen.  The way Snyder’s movie ends is not exactly like Moore’s story.  Instead, Snyder’s Watchmen is as shocking and as over the top as the one everyone read in Moore’s book.  The confrontational and haunting ending in the film captures the general purpose in what Moore wrote in his novel, in which the focus is in the pursuit of making a grand and haunting point about humanity and where that specific time in history was headed.  With the focus on the characters and their origin stories rather than the complex and outrageous plot, the Watchmen movie can definitely still be as entertaining and thought provoking as the book.  However, since this movie is not a loyal translation of Alan Moore’s work, its altered parts changes the original tale on paper; thus forcing the fans to mull over how this ending works.  Nevertheless, the Watchmen movie and its re-imagined aspects still echo the original work of Alan Moore and David Gibbons.

Grade: B

– Raymond Hilario