🎥 WATCHMEN (director’s cut) • 2009 • Directed by Zack Snyder • USA • Fantasy/Action/Drama
🍅RT: 65% 🔶MetaCritic: 56
IN A SENTENCE: Now I believe in superheroes and the people who love them.
REVIEW: Having never been a comic-graphic-superhero fanboy of any kind and most certainly being a guy that wears a kind of wary scowl in the face of such fanboys, I approach any superhero film with an admitted tablespoon of prejudice, and just underneath the jaded scowl, a squeaky-clean jigger of hope. But that prejudice is offset most by the fact that I have no expectations. These stories and their often complicated worlds are unknown to me. I possess what might be called “beginner’s mind”.
There is no denying Snyder’s WATCHMEN is an act of balance that threatens to topple on a few occasions, but all you need to know is that it doesn’t. The film’s visual dynamism —established from the brilliant opening sequence— is almost unparalleled. Oh, and there are fabulous beings with fabulous powers! Who could not love a giant blue man that mostly refuses to wear clothes and rides a crystal gyroscope to Mars? The action choreography is amazing, almost dance-like! But at the end of the day, these are arguably the least of Snyder’s accomplishments. What makes WATCHMEN something unique among its kind is the painstaking attention to character revelation and interaction. The superhero here is unmasked to the soul and quivers with vulnerability. Who could not be moved by the complexity of Rorschach? Although some wry humor flavors WATCHMEN, it is mostly a humane plunge into the darkness that we are and the cavern that must be transited if we ever hope to be more. It is a work of moral fiction and without a doubt the most satisfying film of its niche that I have ever seen.