Saturday, March 7, 2009

Watchmen by Zach Snyder

Zach Snyder's Watchmen is a delicious addition to the newest level of visual eye-candy. Not since the days that Technicolor stopped making films have there been so many (starting with The Matrix in 1999) of films that have been quite so visually stunning as the films we've seen in the past few years.
Watchmen is only Zach Snyder's third feature film (Dawn of the Dead (2004) and 300 (2006)) precede this offering to the world of cinema. And, without a doubt, this is his best picture to date. In fact, it may even go without saying that this is one of the top 5 "comic book" movies ever made. The story, based on the (graphic) novel by Alan More, though he goes uncredited in the film. (The reason for putting the word "graphic" in parentheses is because Watchmen has, seemingly, stepped beyond the world of graphic novels and placed itself into the category of full scale literature, even being named one of the 100 best novels in the English language since 1923.)
So, it goes without saying that the story is strong, powerful, and incredibly relevant to today. The movie looks great, and yet, there is something that is missing, though I cannot place a name or finger on it. In all, however, it is a minor hangup in an excellent picture.

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