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Watchmen

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Rated: PG-13
Directed by:
Zack Snyder
Starring:
Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode, Jackie Earle Haley, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Patrick Wilson, Carla Gugino, Matt Frewer, Stephen McHattie, Laura Mennell
Released by: Warner Bros. Pictures

In Short: Explicit sex, male frontal nudity, incredibly graphic violence, and a mostly incomprehensible plot make this a comic-book movie for adults only.
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For Grown-Up Fanboys Only
Tough to Watch the Watchmen

First off, for parents who are wondering, the new comic book-inspired movie Watchmen is rated R for a reason. This is definitely not a film that children should be watching. Loosely based on the famed 1980s graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons, this Zack Snyder film (of 300) is chock full of things kids shouldn't see, from numerous scenes of incredibly graphic violence all the way to a sex scene that leaves very little to the imagination.

Then there's also Dr. Manhattan, the character played by Billy Crudup. He's a powerful blue mutant who spends most of the movie completely nude, with his CGI-created penis in constant view (according to Crudup, what we see is not actually him).

Billy Crudup as Doctor Manhattan in Watchmen Jackie Earle Haley as Rorschach in Watchmen

That said, as an adult experience Watchmen is spectacularly visual with many clever scenes, especially the opening credits which span American history from the 1940s to the 1980s, when the film takes place. But the convoluted, disjointed plot filled with two generations of human "masked vigilantes" (think Batman, not Superman) is hard to follow unless you have read the graphic novel. If you have read it, then you'll know that the ending has been incomprehensibly changed into virtually the opposite of what the original writer created.

Add in some extremely obvious sexual fetish elements and some really bad acting (Matthew Goode as Ozymandias is painful to watch, for example) and worse makeup (the Richard Nixon character is laughable), and the bottom line of this nearly 3-hour-long flick is that it is a movie only hardcore comic fanboys could love. The rest of the world should just say no to watching the mess that is the Watchmen.

Reviewed by Jenny Peters



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