NOTE: Review and star rating is for the theatrical cut.
Zack Snyder (300
) directs the highly-anticipated adaptation of the brilliant graphic novel written by Alan Moore and illustrated by Dave Gibbons and, bless his heart, tries so hard to be faithful to the book. The film is two hours and 42 minutes long and the time flies by, despite some deliberately-paced sections. I was completely caught up in the story and thoroughly enjoyed myself, but the "Wow!" factor that you expect from an epic film was muted. The story, set in an alternate version of the '80s, is a violent, intricate, character-based crime-drama that follows a group of costumed vigilantes (only one of which has actual super powers). Stand-outs include Patrick Wilson as the chronically-tentative Nite Owl, Jackie Earle Haley as creepy-cool Rorschach and Billy Crudup as the otherworldly Dr. Manhattan. If you haven't read Watchmen
, go get a copy and savor the real thing before you watch the adaptation. 162 minutes. DVD INFO: Includes a featurette on the history of the graphic novel, video journals and music video and more. Be aware that Watchmen: Ultimate Edition
, slated for release in a few months, will contain everything included here plus the theatrical cut plus the Black Freighter
and limited animation DVDs.