Did I love Watchmen? No, but it is growing on me, and I most definitely want to see it again (in IMAX, if possible). There are moments during which the film was pure magic to me, and had I felt that sense of wonder the whole time this film would have garnered a higher rating. My friend Matthew commented that if the movie does nothing more than bring new readers to the graphic novel it has served its purpose in being made; I have spoken with several people who are doing exactly that after seeing the film, a fact that pleases me greatly. There is a reason Watchmen made Time Magazine's list of Top 100 English-language novels from 1923 to 2005: it is that damned good. I think about how comic books inspired me to explore mythology, history, and literature, paving the way for the devoted reader and student that I am today, and all I can think is how can I fault someone for attempting to do the impossible? So kudos, Zack Snyder. Better to have tried and have fallen just short of perfection than having not tried at all. I'm giving Watchmen a strong and pleasantly surprising 3.75 out of 5.Read more of his thoughts here.
I'm beginning to see that Watchmen is going to be one of the most discussed movies of recent years, like Fight Club or The Passion of the Christ. Like Rorschach's ever-shifting inkblot mask, people are seeing very different things in this movie and feeling compelled to talk about it. And that's not a bad thing at all. I think it indicates that Watchmen is a film that is going to be resonating with us for a long time still to come.