Watchmen | B+

director: Zack Snyder
starring: Patrick Wilson, Malin Akerman, Billy Crudup, Jackie Earle Haley, Matthew Goode, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Carla Gugino

watchmenThe long-awaited film adaptation of the graphic novel considered one of the seminal works of 20th century fiction has finally hit the big screen after the decade or two of countless scripts, directors, lawsuits, yelling and general chicanery that represents Hollywood’s “development hell.” Unfortunately, the finished product doesn’t quite live up to the hype or its source material; perhaps the novel’s writer, Alan Moore, was right when he said Watchmen was “unfilmable” and even went so far as to remove his name from any project that tried to make it happen. Watchmen is not without its merits, however, and kudos are deserved for those who were finally able to get this thing made. It is entertaining; and by its own merits memorable. I’m not convinced any other attempt at this adaptation could have come out much better.

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