Saturday, March 14, 2009


It's 1985, Richard Nixon is president and the US and Russia are at the brink of war. Oh and costumed superheroes are walking around the streets. I'm watching the Watchmen - and loving it. It's not for everyone but if you like graphic novels, dark sci-fi and anti-heroes check it out.

The movie sticks pretty close to the book and it's not a comic story for kids. There's a lot going on and most of it is about depravity and despair in society.

The stand-out character is Jeffrey Dean Morgan who showed his range of acting skills playing the sociopathic Comedian. Jackie Earle Haley did a great job as Rorschach in his mask of shifting ink blots. For me the big disappointment was Billy Crudup as Dr. Manhattan, although he made nice eye candy in the nude scenes.

The movie is two and a half hours long. Yes the film is dark and gritty. It's violent and there's nudity. It's also visually stunning and thought-provoking.