Watchmen
2009
Zack Snyder directs this adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons's graphic novel set in a parallel Earth in 1985, where superheroes are prohibited from using their powers despite the threat of nuclear war. When one of their number is murdered, however, the outlaw heroes -- including Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup), Silk Spectre (Carla Gugino), Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) and Nite Owl (Patrick Wilson) -- unite to defend themselves.

Scott Hardie: “It ruled.”

Zach Snider's ultra-faithful adaptation of the legendary graphic novel is nearly perfect, fascinating for scene after scene until the overlong final confrontation. It keeps the rich character development and complex themes of Alan Moore's masterwork.

− April 7, 2009 • more by Scottlog in or create an account to reply

Melissa Anderson: no no, you must be mistaken, this did not rule. :) − September 21, 2009

Ryan Dunn: I thought it ruled. And...dare I commit sacrilege...

I thought the ending in the movie was better than the book!

There, I said it. − September 21, 2009 • more by Ryan

Scott Hardie: The plot resolution was better and more efficient than in the book, yes. But the final scenes were dragged out way too much with boring fistfights, as if the movie suddenly panicked at the last minute and thought it had to pretend to be a dumb boring action movie in order to qualify for some kind of superhero movie prerequisite. It was much smarter than that for the 2.5 hours leading up to the ending.

That sounds negative, so let me be clear: This is my only problem with what is otherwise an outstanding movie. But it really helps to know the book first. − September 21, 2009 • more by Scott

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