In an alternate 1985 America, costumed superheroes are part of everyday life. When one of his former comrades is murdered, masked vigilante Rorschach uncovers a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with his retired associates, only one of which has true powers, Rorschach glimpses a far-reaching conspiracy involving their shared past and catastrophic consequences for the world’s future.
Director: Zack Snyder
Cast: Jackie Earle Haley, Billy Crudup, Malin Akerman, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Goode
Review: Gritty and visually striking, Watchmen is a faithful adaptation of Alan Moore’s graphic novel, but its complex narrative structure may make it difficult for it to appeal to viewers not already familiar with the source material. When given a great story and told that his job is to simply adapt it, Snyder more than rises to the occasion. Snyder’s tongue in cheek graphic novel adaptation gets the most of it right faithfully, from two dimensional feel of the imagery with new age-y primary color-palette to Alan Moore’s cynical exploration of the ugly side of Humanity. Those unfamiliar with the work may be completely bewildered, but stick with it — this is a bold and uncompromising take on one of the genre’s sacred cows that stands up to repeat viewings.
Verdict: Worth the Popcorn