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More Watchmen Reviews Arrive!

Published February 24, 2009 in Early Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Warner Bros
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With the premiere of Watchmen overseas, Warner Bros' review embargo has now ended. Or, at least, I think it did. No matter, as we've already bee alerted to three new reviews of the film to surface online.

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While I will be making it a point to find more negative reviews later on -- I need to lower the hype just a bit -- just about everything we've read so far has been incredibly positive. Here's more of that, for now:

The Huffington Post: Overall, comicdom probably will embrace this movie, but its critics are going to compare it to The Dark Knight, Iron Man and Sin City , though it would be unfair to use those familiar templates. This kind of film hasn't been done before, it has no clear "right" or "wrong," that, even in current Batman movies, still is very well-defined. Also, it's pretty refreshing to see a "superhero" movie with no superheroes -- well, there is one, the omniscient Doctor Manhattan.

But focusing back on this mythic movie, on every level, it will demand your attention and intelligence as it entertains; it's sophisticated and sensationally sophomoric; and for those just watching Watchmen for the Watchmen without any expectations or knowledge of the comic's storyline or historical importance, this really will be a blast.

Sci Fi Australia: This is a lavishly shot super-production that is as faithful as any true believer of Alan Moore's original could hope to see.

Which means, as a Hollywood Blockbuster, it's one hell of an anomaly. The traditional experience of the comic book movie is turned on its head. The usual lines that separate good and evil are blurred beyond recognition, and the the touchstones that we usually use when watching this kind of movie are missing.

So now, the world that exhilarates in the new found joy given it by Iron Man and The Dark Knight, gets something they haven't bargained for. This is not comic book made real or dragged into our 'reality', but a comic book world that is real, in and of itself.



IGN Australia: The last 30 minutes of the film are arguably Watchmen's weakest – though, 'weak' is a relative term for a film as consistently excellent as this. The pace falters just a little bit, and there's a sense that some of the build-up towards the climax goes to waste. Two critical changes are made to the original storyline, but they lead to the same outcome. It's strange, but in some ways, the film actually ties together some plot points that Moore never capitalised on – you'll understand when you see it. Is it a better ending? Is it more 'Hollywood'? That's a matter of personal preference, and one best left to the forums. Ultimately, it doesn't matter. The mood and the sentiment are preserved and it's arguably a better fit for the screen.

It's the Watchmen movie you always wanted to see but never expected to get.

If you have to pick one review read the one over at Sci Fi; that thing is the length of the Bible. For the rest of the Watchmen reviews just click the links.

Watchmen opens to theaters March 6th.

For the posters, trailers, stills and more info on the film, go to the Watchmen Movie Page.
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