Hello. Before I start with the review, I'd like to make this clear. I watch movies for THE STORY first and for the action second.
Now that we've got THAT out of the way, let's continue on to the review of MY FAVORITE movie of ALL TIME.
You heard me right.
This movie is a masterpiece like no other. It's a movie in it's own category.
A movie similar to the stature of Watchmen would be Citizen Kane.
From the score, to the visuals, to the very tragic story that shows the humanity at the point of breaking in to another world war. A war of which we still fear to this day that might occur.
This movie tackles past and current topics and issues.
It's a timeless classic.
I will not be breaking down the movie for you. Instead, I will be discussing everything that makes this movie a masterpiece.
To better understand how the Watchmen comic got made almost with 100% accuracy, we must first talk about the person responsible for bringing the comic to life on the big screen.
1. Zack Snyder is a visual genius, but he's more...
The director of the movie, Zack Snyder is a proven Visual Genius for such movies... well... all of them. With his latest movie Man of Steel continuing that trend, but like all of his movies, they are not just visuals, but they are quality movies.
You might want to check out a friend of mine's review of SUCKER PUNCH where he proves what I'm about to address in my second point. [Harish's Review]
Snyder's has always had more depth to his movies than you're let to believe from a single viewing. You can't truly appreciate the excellence that Snyder brings to be big screen for TRUE fans of the source material. On top of that, he not only manages to make it easy for casual viewers to enjoy his movies, but he doesn't forget about people who rely on him to do his best, proven by him releasing a Director's Cut and an ULTIMATE Cut of Watchmen, expending the run time of the movie and adding content that fans of the Alan Moore comic would undoubtedly appreciate.
Speaking of Alan Moore, it's about time we talked about what really brings color to such a dark and dreary world.
2. The Characters
Hallelujah for such amazing characters. If it were not for the diverse and intriguing characteristics of each individual, this comic/movie would've gone in to a very steep and downward spiral, but the depth and complexity of particular person brings that long needed color to the dark times awaiting the beginning of World War III.
The Comedian: A character nobody can relate to, yet deep inside, we could always find something that makes us want to go "Forgive me, mother." because we've all done something wrong once in our lifetime. His is not your regular superhero, but he isn't your average anti-hero too. He's a man who sees the world as it is, but can't be bothered to save it, so he just embraces it as it is and tries to live like every day is his last day on this god forsaken world that is on the brink of war.
Dr. Manhattan: One of those tragic stories that turn in to an even sadder story. Dr. Manhattan, born Jonathan Osterman was a nuclear physicist who was befold by an accident.
One might say a HORRIBLE accident, but that all depends on your point of view. A man left with the knowledge of EVERYTHING, torn apart by his loss of humanity and care for the world. A man left with no goal to care deeply for. A man out of time.
Ozymandias: Your typical Bad guy who reveals his plan to the hero and is stopped before he executes it.
OH, RIGHT! This isn't THAT kind of movie. He isn't THAT kind of villain. He's the type that is actually the smartest man alive, as he claims to be, manipulating everything to be executed the way he wants it to and in the end, embracing what is to come...
And in the end, Ozymandias achieved what he wanted to do all along. Not a lot of villains get that end, but this isn't your every days villain. It all comes down to perspective. On one hand, what he did saved the world, but with the cost of millions. But on another, he just murdered million of innocent people for his own selfish acts.
Which is more righteous? You decide.
Did Ozymandias do the right thing?
Silk Specter II: Honestly, there isn't much to cover here. She's a character who was somewhat forced by her mother to follow in her footsteps.
While doing so, she falls in love with Dr. Manhattan, getting herself under surveillance because of how dangerous he is, breaks his heart and cheats on him with Dan. There's really nothing more to that character than the fact that she was just stuck between a rock and a hard place. This doesn't diminish the meaning of the character though. She might not have much depth herself, but her being there influences the story and characters tremendously. Oh, and the Comedian being her father makes the story far more interesting.
Rorschach: How does one start to describe this man.
What is he? Batman? The Question? Some masked psychopath who thinks himself a detective? None of those things start to describe the sheer range of this character. Alan more has said that he drew inspiration from The Question, but even so, I don't think you can compare one to the other. They share only two things. Calm demeanor and the outfit. (mask somewhat included)
Rorschach is one of those characters that are so original that nothing can come close to the level of perfection that was established when they were created.
Rorschach being killed is one of those things you don't expect to happen to such a characters like himself. That's like killing Batman off. But Alan Moore did it... and so did Zack Snyder.
Rorschach, the man with the face of fear. The man who is true to justice. Justice and nothing else. Even death doesn't stop him from wanting to do the right thing. Not something you'd expect from someone who'd burn a man alive...
or just doing it the old fashion way. Himself...
He's a lost soul living in a savage world, fitting for people like The Comedian.
He's a man willing to go the extra mile to do what's right, even if it means getting himself killed.
In the end of it all, till his very last breath, he strayed true to what he stand for..
Night Owl II: What do you do when you're a young man, foolish enough to follow your dream and you embark on a journey to follow the footsteps of your biggest hero? You end up joining up with people, trying to do what other heroes known as The Minute Men did.
Save everyone and be the good guys.
It's that easy, right?
Night Owl is a Batman Rip-off is what you're thinking. You won't be completely wrong on that, expect for the fact that other than his look and his gadgets, he has nothing in common with Batman.
There isn't much information about Daniel Dreiberg as what he did before the Watchmen, but he's know to be smart enough to be able to maintain 'Archie' all by himself. Rorschach being his best friend, he's constantly put in this abusive relationship (mentally) while his relationships with the rest of the Watchmen seem distant.
His character adds the balance of both reasonability and ignorance to the picture as his opinions on things shift quickly, as seen in the last scenes of the movie.
Moving along, we come to one of the most important thing in any movie.
3. The ScoreOh, boy. That score. I've decide to add here the tracks you should listen to while reading this "review". These songs not only add to the atmosphere of the movie, but also bring the world of Watchmen right to your ears.
You can hear the sadness, the dreariness, the pain that those characters go though with each beat perfectly used in the movie.
Yes, some are not original music, but if a song fits your scene perfectly, I would have used it too.
4. The Beginning MontageNOTHING
I mean NOTHING in cinema has brought to us such an amazing story telling montage.
Usually, montages are cheap ways to spend less time covering either past events, future events or events that should've happened in the movie, but were made in a montage to save time.
This is not the case.
Here, Snyder executes it with EXCELLENCE like no one ever before him.
Not only does it cover the past 20 years of Costumed Heroes, but it also shows the downfall and evolution of past and present heroes. It is able to tell a whole movie by itself in GREAT detail with a 5 minute montage. This show Snyder's amazing skills as a movie maker.
I'm sure I didn't cover everything (that probably being because it's 2:12 am) and something most likely slipped my mind, but this are one of the main reasons why this movie is a masterpiece.
These are MY reason as to why this movie is my favorite movie of ALL TIME.
What did you think of the movie? Do you agree with me that this movie is a hidden gem? Do you think it's underrated or am I overrating it?
Sound off in the comments below :)
"Thank you for reading" - Tw1s7