Better than Extraordinary

I went with colleagues from work to see The Watchmen at the Imax screen in our local cinema. This was the first time I have seen a proper movie in Imax and it certainly enhanced the experience. The quality of the picture was noticeably better than on a traditional screen and at times you really felt the sound.

Despite the 165 minutes of running time, I did not feel that the film was overlong. Having borrowed and read the original graphic novel last week, I can appreciate how carefully it follows the plot, even recreating on screen many of the images from the novel’s frames. The performances were generally solid, especially from the actor playing Rorschach. The film does change the final act in nature but not intent.


Unsurprisingly, whilst following the plot, the film loses much of the intricacies of the original. Moore and Gibbons write something that relied on and fully exploited  the structure of a comic book and loss is inevitable. Still, after twenty years of attempts to get this story into a movie, it is definitely worth seeing and is far better than a previous attempt to film Alan Moore’s work; The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

Published in: on 24 March, 2009 at 6:23  Leave a Comment  

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