As the Watchmen reviews continue to roll in, I’ve now read a lengthy, somewhat spoilery, very geeky review by my friend and fellow journalist, Jenna Busch. Jenna looks at the movie as one of those big fans of the book, and is not exactly thrilled. Her review winds up very mixed:
The graphic novel was all about the story, not the action, and Snyder is an action man. Action was certainly there and really overdone… It made the rest of the film suffer. And for all that, I didn’t hate it. In fact, I’m pretty sure I liked it. I was just disappointed. I’m absolutely seeing it again, but disappointed nonetheless.
She does also offer an interesting tidbit near the beginning:
If you’ve never read WATCHMEN, I’m recommending you wait until after you’ve seen the film. Everyone I’ve spoken to who saw the film as WATCHMEN virgins loved it. And believe me, that was not at all what I was expecting to hear.
Now, even with the 1 million new copies of Watchmen that were printed last year, and the nearly constant top-of-Amazon status it has held, DC, Warner Bros, (and of course, Fox) are obviously hoping that more than a million or 2 people head out to the theaters and see the film. That means the grand majority will be “Watchmen virgins.” Click on through to read on, but be reminded that there are spoilers in the full review (though most of those will be very familiar to anyone who has read the book).
For two one-line reviews of the movie, here are tweets from Rich Johnston and Rob Liefeld:
Rich Johnston: In other news Watchmen is rather lovely.
Rob Liefeld: homigosh……WATCHMEN is freaking brilliant! More please……this movie is an absolute monster. Run, don’t walk..
So there you go.