There are already tons of “Watchmen” reviews out there, so I thought I’d focus on what’s of the most interest to CDaNers, namely Jeffrey Dean Morgan. After reading yesterday’s comments, I know I’m not the only one who thinks he’s sexily adorable. Usually. I had been warned about his attempted rape scene, but I hadn’t realized how brutal it is. He wallops the crap out of Carla Gugino (speaking of whom, I had never realized just quite how sexy her voice is before this – it gave me chills). He also shoots a woman who is pregnant with his child. This is not the Grey’s Anatomy Jeffrey Dean Morgan we know and love (lust after). And you thought Dead Denny from this season’s “Grey’s” was bad. Even though he’s so brutal, being Jeffrey Dean Morgan, you just want to wrap your arms around him and remind him that there’s good in the world. Sadly, on that front it’s also a bit disappointing, because he isn’t in the film nearly as much as he should’ve been. (Maybe half an hour out of a 2hr 40min movie.)
For fans of FFF, Billy Crudup’s Dr. Manhattan provides us with full frontal galore! He’s no Snoop Dogg, but I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
There’s another of my favorite hotties in the movie – Patrick Wilson. They tried to bulk him up for the part (he’s kind of a superhero retired and gone to mush), with a combination of real weight gain and a fat suit, but as my friend said: “They failed to disguise that hot ass.” Since I know DNfromMN will ask ;), Patrick gets naked for a sex scene – no full frontal for him, sadly, but nothing else is hidden. (And for those of you who swing the other way, Malin Ackerman is buck naked and gorgeous too.)
The man who plays Rorschach is amazing (don’t look up the actor before you see it or you’ll spoil a good chunk of the movie). And his flowing inkblot mask is mesmerizing – one of the coolest effects in the movie.
This movie is not going to blow your mind, like, say, “The Dark Knight” or “Spiderman II” did. I think it’s too choppy to make a great 'film' – it’s very much a graphic novel put into motion. But this leads to some truly stunning imagery, and very vivid sequences. I deliberately didn’t read the graphic novel before I saw the movie, and it often felt like there was some background I was missing. From what my friends said, those questions aren’t necessarily answered there either. It’s probably just too complex a story to have real depth without being way too long. (As said above, the movie is almost 3 hours, but it didn’t ever drag for me, except in the beginning.) I am definitely going to have to read the book and see it again, though. It’s a very dark movie (literally and metaphorically), but in the end, also hopeful.
One last warning: as you may have guessed from the JDM section, this is a violent movie. I was expecting it to be more of the cartoonish-type violence, but it’s very realistic, and very brutal. I had to cover my eyes a number of times.
On the DN scale, I'd pay $10 to see it.