Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
The title means Who Watches the Watchmen? I did, along with Naqib and Echy finally I’ve finished watching this long-awaited movie! Yes, WATCHMEN first came to my knowledge 2 years back after I watched V for Vendetta (which was also truly awesome) and I learnt the creator had another comic book that was being adapted into a movie and yes, that two-and-a-half hour of blood and tears is fucking epic! I’ve read the graphic novel before, although not finished, and Zack Snyder is terrific for staying true to the comic book. Every scene is a perfect rendition of a particular frame in the novel, and the details spent is truly wonderful and rich.
Set in the alternate history America year 1985, where Americans won the Vietnam War and Nixon served for the third term, Rorschach the masked vigilante is investigating the mysterious death of fellow crimefighter the Comedian. He goes on to warn the other retired masked avengers that were once grouped under the name Watchmen, only to find that time had changed the way they think and live, not knowing there is a much greater trouble that awaits…
The storytelling is tight and slick with the spice of adult-rated scene here and there, and blood-packed fights are everywhere: what more could you ask for? The main idea revolving around the whole movie is that there is no ideal situation of peace to be achieved. Comedian and Ozymandias understand this, while others like the goodhearted Nite Owl II, the fragile Silk Spectre II or the street-smart Rorschach struggle to find their own meaning as a masked hero. I personally like Rorschach best because he sticks to his words until the very end and his constantly morphing mask is a damn coooool idea. All of them, although they have high-level martial arts skill, don’t really have any superpower. Save for the blue Dr. Manhattan that is uber-godlike: having the ability to perceive all time periods simultaneously, able to teleport anywhere, zaps out enemies with almost no effort, he’s so perfectly made that to play him in a videogame is a total cheating I guess haha 8)
Jeffrey Dean Morgan is the most perfect cast in the lineup I think, he is just perfect for the cynical and apathetic Comedian appearance. And Jackie Earle Haley was damn scary as Rorschach! He portrayed the rough fingerbreaker character pretty good, especially the insanity released when his mask was taken by the police officers. Oh and not to forget Malin Akerman as Silk Spectre II who kinda resembled Zooey Deschanel in some scenes only with super straight hair 😆
This movie is exhausting, I’m warning you. Think of political themed Benjamin Button with a fast pace and full of streaming details around the progressing story. Your full attention is required from the beginning to really grasp the heavy story but luckily, the movie is very rich in color so it goes pretty on the eye. Watchmen surely goes on the top 10 list of 2009 movies, and you really really should watch it yourself!
Oh, didn’t I tell you the soundtracks were enchanting too? There are various tracks from the 60’s-80’s to keep themed with the movie like Simon & Garfunkel’s The Sounds of Silence, Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are a-Changin’ and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. Although the kinds are not my everyday music but those songs fit the mood perfectly on most of the scenes, especially on the opening credit. Pssst click on the album cover