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Comics come to life

Amber Harwood | Interrobang | Culture | March 30th, 2009


The popular graphic novel turned hit movie, Watchmen, is a must see for superhero fans and action movie lovers alike.

The Watchmen is a group of people who joined together under cape and mask to help save the lives of the people in New York City. The original group consisted of The Comedian/Eddie Blake, Silk Spectre/Sally Jupiter (Carla Gugino) and Nite Owl, among others.

Years later, in 1985, a new set of costumed vigilantes that were joined together, including The Comedian, Silk Spectre II/Laurie Jupiter, Nite Owl II/Dan, Rorschach, Ozymandias (Matthew Goode), and Dr. Manhattan, have now been disbanded by the government.

The story begins with the violent murder of The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) desperately wants to put the Watchmen back together to find the murderer of their long time friend. He visits each of the members hoping beyond hope that they will stop being so scared and put their masks back on to fight evil.

Laurie (Malin Akerman), who is having relationship problems with Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup), due to his inability to connect with the human race, turns to Dan (Patrick Wilson) for support. Dr. Manhattan, who is the only Watchmen who has super powers due to an accident, is being looked upon as the only hope for civilization if the US and Russia set off their atomic bombs. Not only are the Watchmen being hunted by an assassin who wants to kill masked heroes, but they have to worry about the impending doom that faces the human race. Each of the Watchmen must look to their futures and decide whether they will stand up and fight or let the world come to an end.

While I have not read the graphic novel, I appreciated all of the detail that went into making this film. The story is so involved and I loved how the back story is explained in flash backs throughout the film which really keeps you hooked the entire time.

A friend of mine, who has read the novel, told me that the movie stays very true to the original story except for a little change to the ending.

Watchmen had something for everyone, a great story, action but not too much, great effects, realism mixed with the supernatural, and a cast of amazing actors.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan (“Grey's Anatomy”) is so amazing in this role and is a very diverse actor. He can be soft and sweet or tough and heartless. Jackie Earle Haley (Semi-Pro) did a terrific job as the dark and mysterious Rorschach. Patrick Wilson, who I have really come to like as an actor, Malin Akerman, and Billy Crudup all just added to why this movie was so great.

I recommend this movie to anyone who likes superhero, action or anyone who just likes movies in general.

Final Words: Saw it. Loved it. “You're forgetting that I'm not locked in here with you, you're locked in here with me!”
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