First Review of Watchmen Is In!

Published 6 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 7:22 am,

watchmen final imax poster full First Review of Watchmen Is In!

Latino Review just broke the news about a fan of their site who was apparently lucky enough to attend a screening of Watchmen last night in Los Angeles. That fan, “Bentley Mustafa,” has been kind enough to share his experience of watching Watchmen with the wondering public (along with plenty of SPOILERS about what we can expect to see in the finished film).

So did Watchmen exceed expectation? Or did it leave one fan feeling the pain of a dream denied? See for yourself–but again, be warned, there be SPOILERS here.

According to “Bentley,” Watchmen is as awesomely awesome as everyone with a pulse has been saying it was going to be for some time:

“I have to say Snyder knocked this one out of the park.  There is some gruesome, brutal stuff here that is hard to watch.  The fight scenes are awesome, and, like in 300, Snyder continues the use of ramping the frame rate to accentuate the movements of the characters. I knew there was going to be some slo-mo, but I didn’t think he overdid it. All in all, fans of the book are going to more than pleased with the film.  For a book that was for years considered un-filmable, he certainly managed to hit almost every beat and did not compromise any of the material (except for the squid).”

I was recently lucky enough to attend a screening of the first twenty minues of Watchmen at the New York City Comic Con and that was exactly my impression. Snyder is slavishly loyal to the original concept that Dave Gibbons and Alan Moore put forth in their graphic novel; yet, at the same time, Snyder manages to stamp the film with many of the stylistic choices that have become his own unique trademark. And it is a happy marriage, IMHO.

As for those SPOILERS Bentley was kind enough provide:

There were approximately 200 people at the screening.

1.  No Black Freighter, although we do catch glimpses of the newsstand and the kid who reads the comic, but only briefly.

2. The ending is different, no squid.  I was one of the people who never really cared about squid/no squid, but I feel the ending will work better for mainstream audiences that have never read the book.

3. They do not imply a sequel anymore than the book does…

4.  The montage covering the heroes of the past is done exceptionally well, and was longer than I expected.  Allows the audience to understand that this is an alternate version of the past and everything they know should be thrown out the window.

5. It is dark, but not the stark realism that fills the Dark Knight.  The Watchmen reality is a little more surreal in its feel, like a dream.  It really has the feel of the comic in it.

6. Look for the cameo by Snyder’s son. He also played young Leonidas in 300.

7. It was fantastically close to the book; even the framings of shots were lifted directly from the book.

8. Jackie Earl Halley is the shit in this.  He IS Rorschach.

9. This movie is gory.  I’m a gore hound and I was surprised at how graphic some scenes were.  Really had people squirming.

10. NAKED Sally Jupiter. (CORRECTION NAKED Silk Spectre)

11. Only character I didn’t like was Veidt/Ozymandias.  I thought the actor was weak.

Wow, too bad for Matthew Goode, the guy who plays Ozymandias–but good for the rest of the cast and crew of Watchmen. According to at least one person, they’ve done a stellar job.

(And BTW, if you haven’t noticed yet, the TV spots for Watchmen are finally running with the R-rating stamped on them. Trust me when I tell you, this isn’t a superhero movie for the kids (nor was it ever meant to be). YOU WILL CRINGE AT PARTS OF THIS MOVIE.

Well that about wraps it up for me, no need to say anymore–I already have a guy playing tribal drums in my apartment in countdown to March 6, 2009, when Watchmen is going to blow the roof off of theaters everywhere.

Source: Thank you, Latino Review

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  1. I do hope they do not make a sequel and I am glad that it is gory-true to the book.

  2. Zack Snyder is one of the best comic book adapters around.

  3. In the Open Discussion of Feb.11, “Frank Castle” posted that so much is being compared to “The Dark Knight”.

    March 6 is probably going to put an end to that!

  4. I am sure that fans (like Me) will like it but what about people who have never heard of Watchmen ?
    I would like to hear a review from a non comic fan who never heard of Watchmen until they started seeing the trailers and the ads .
    Good Review .

  5. I’m sure that we’ll enjoy this movie as much as you did. Now its just matter of time to get it on the big screen

  6. cool! Sounds like a winner!

  7. Everything the guy said was pretty much what I expected to hear. I never liked Matthew Goode as Veidt either, based on his look and line delivery (from what we’ve seen so far).

  8. Sweet!!!!

  9. sounds good and interesting. will wait until it arrives at imax in sydney.
    thanks for this review!

  10. I’m curious……if the squid is taken out, what will be the “big disaster?”

  11. @J Biz

    The Stimulus Bill.


  12. ozy was my favorite :-( i knew that actor would blow, just by looks of him… ugh….

  13. I went into watchman knowing nothing about the comic book. The movie was great! The ending was one i was not expecting…loved it! Must see!

  14. Ok I saw this tonight and I never expected the sex the graphic nudity.. nor the gratitous gory violence. the CGI was good I liked that the Plot jumped around so bad I was temped to leave halfway through i never read the book only saw the trailers. that made this out to be a Super hero gone bad action adventure not a Noirish Sin city stylized sex flick with some good fights and a Hyperactive plot Sadly I was less then pleased as the trailers never spoke to the gor or the sex after 2anda half hours was still scratching my head. and the entire Theater emptied in Silence a good clue that most were not pleased over all i would only give this movie 2 stars. as the cg was good and the effects were killer and true real life some of the characters were WICKED good .. now i realize this was 12 novels crammed into one movie

  15. Hey Kelly,

    If you read Screen Rant on a regular basis you would have known about the sex and gore before the film – I brought it up here explicitly as a warning to those who might not be expecting it.