Well, after much anticipation, I was left vaguely disappointed by this movie. It’s extremely faithful to the comicbook, but that’s also its weakness: the sort of narrative created through the visual style of graphic art cannot simply be replicated by the medium of film in the same way. There are a lot of tableau moments and posed scenes in the film which left me feeling everything was staged and artificial. Let’s be clear – the film did not intend to create this distance between the reality of the narrative and the viewer – quite the opposite.
Any strengths of the film are down to the strengths of the comicbook – its prophetic nature, its metaphysical deliberations, its strong characterisation and so forth. I now understand why Alan Moore would not allow his name to be put to any Watchmen movie.
Don’t get me wrong – the movie is a very valiant effort. It would probably be impossible to do much better. And it is of course one of the great stories that should be told. But should it be told through film? I’m not convinced it should be. Long live the comicbook!