They did change a few things from the book, but basically the Watchmen movie was very true to the book. I’ve heard that some fans of the book didn’t like it. I’m not sure why – both the wife and loved the book and we both love the movie.
Granted, if you hadn’t read the book, you might be a bit disappointed if you were expecting your standard superhero fare. This isn’t going to have the same happy ending as Iron Man or Batman film. The heroes you end up cheering for aren’t necessarily the people you would like.
Not to put down Heath Leger but if he deserves an oscar for his Joker, then Jackie Earle Haley definitely deserves one for Rorshach. He nailed the character perfectly. Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Comedian was quite good too.
I wasn’t as impressed with Ozymandias but at least Bubastis looked pretty good – a shame she didn’t have more screen time. But with 2 hours and 45 minutes running time, something had to be trimmed. It doesn’t feel long though. I look forward to the dvd with the expanded newsstand scenes. Since the ending’s event was modified it was an easy trim – the foreshadowing wasn’t as relevant.
The key thing to remember when watching was that the original story was told in 12 issues before it was collected in the graphic novel, each of the first several issues were mainly dealing with one of the character’s story at a time as how it related to the overall story as a whole. The scenes with Dr Manhatten’s backstory reminded me of this in the theater. It doesn’t have a detrimental effect on the movie but may help explain if it leans a bit towards being disjointed. Also, the blue guy’s naked (as in the book) – he dangles a bit here and there but it’s not distracting unless you’re looking for it.
A special thank you to you Zack for bringing this to life.