In the review I just did for the ‘Watchmen’ HBO series, I mentioned that I had not seen the movie in years. Then I saw this video in the related videos on YouTube. I have enjoyed The Royal Ocean Film Society videos in the past but rarely click videos by them that are suggested since the topics usually don’t appeal to me. But when I saw this video, I knew I HAD to click.
And I am glad I clicked because what I got was an amazing breakdown of the ‘Watchmen’ movie from 2009. I think that both the graphic novel and movie were way ahead of their time. The graphic novel and superhero film worlds were just not ready for what Watchmen was. With Zack Snyder at the helm, the movie Watchmen was able to succeed as a cinematic adaptation.
Zack Snyder gets a lot of criticism and hate, but I personally LOVE his body of work. 300, Watchmen, Man of Steel, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice… the guy knows how to make a brilliant action movie (I haven’t seen Dawn of the Dead, Legend of the Guardians, or Sucker Punch… the less said about Justice League, the better (although I think that a Zack Snyder cut of the film would be far superior to what we got, just as the Ultimate Cut of Batman v Superman was far superior to the theatrical version)).
The narrator in this video makes a lot of great criticisms. The film adaptation is “clumsy and disjointed”, “hammy and pompous” and it “borders on campiness”. But the narrator also gives a positive spin on each of these criticisms, properly explaining each side of the argument. It is a deep(ish) dive into what makes Watchmen a truly great superhero movie. It’s not just because of the source material that it is based on. It is because it works as a cinematic adaptation.
I admit, Snyder isn’t the greatest story-teller in the world. His works are often clumsy, disjointed, hammy, pompous, and campy, as I mentioned before. When people criticize Batman v Superman, I understand where they are coming from. But if you are willing to look past Snyder’s shortcomings when it comes to story-telling, you will find one of the most cinematic directors in superhero movie history. Snyder undoubtedly has an eye for crafting intense visuals and has provided his audiences with dozens of memorable images. The “Martha” moment in Batman v Superman was awkward from a scripting and acting point of view… but its implications on a thematic and conceptual level were huge and Snyder was able to frame the moment perfectly.
Overall, this video analysis of ten years after Watchmen was a great view. If you are a fan of Watchmen, I highly suggest watching the video. If you like superhero movies but have never heard of Watchmen, you owe it to yourself. After all, Zack Snyder is the greatest superhero movie director of all-time.
8/10 – Great