Bold, nihilistic, & one of the most gorgeously cinematographed projects ever, Watchmen’s a higher class of comic book film & Snyder’s work of art. 8.8/10.
In an alternate 1985 America, costumed superheroes are part of everyday life. When one of his former comrades is murdered, masked vigilante Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) uncovers a plot to kill and discredit all past and present superheroes. As he reconnects with retired associates, only one of which has true powers, Rorschach glimpses a far-reaching conspiracy involving their shared past & catastrophic consequences for the world’s future.
*Possible spoilers ahead*
Pros: absolutely UNBELIEVABLE opening and opening credits – one of the craziest and most beautiful openings I’ve ever seen put to film and the opening credits scene set to Bob Dykanis more complex and encompassing than most film TRILOGIES – HOLY FCKING SHT it’s an absolute MASTERPIECE and too incredible to even put into words (this is NOT your average superhero film absolutely breathtaking, stark, cool nihilistic tones and cinematography – one of the most beautifully cinematographed projects EVER put to film I mean nearly every shot in the film drew an audible wow from me, crisp acting and dialogue with snappy scripting that flows nicely, the respectability of turning a team of complete unknowns and making you care about them progressively over the film through incredible storytelling and characterization especially through for example the Dr. Manhattan backstory, impressive cast – Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Carla Gugino, Patrick Wilson, Malin Akerman, etc., amazing soundtrack and song selection that perfectly fits the visuals and tone of each scene, extremely complex in its psychological postulation, its extreme darkness and points on society actually refreshing and needed, Dr. Manhattan a great pseudo-villain in his turning against humanity, phenomenal fight scenes that are like comic books on steroids, jaw-dropping mystery execution and final reveal of Ozymandias with terrific writing and absolutely shocking and something you could have never seen coming,
Cons: The sheer complexity of the script and subject matter can be daunting and unwelcoming to most uninitiated and even some DC faithful, some extremely dark and uncomfortable subjects portrayed like r ape, feeding people to dogs, frying oil melting people’s faces off, etc., runs ~20 min long
Official CLC Score: 8.8/10