This film was highly anticipated in the months leading up to its release. Causing fanboy hysteria at comic book conventions across the nation. An excellent trailer was attached to ‘The Dark Knight’, Warner Bros. was bracing for record breaking box office returns. Then the film premiered and after a $55 million opening weekend it died quickly grossing less than $110 million or about what ‘Ghost Rider’ or ‘Daredevil’ made. So what happened? A lot of people couldn’t get passed the prevalent male nudity or overall nihilistic vibe that reverberated around a story line in which America is anxiously awaiting an impeding Nuclear War with the Russians. But I have always felt that this hard R film noir superhero film is an excellent example of what is right and ultimately wrong with the genre. The opening action sequence is a brilliantly shot set-piece scored to Nat King Cole’s ‘Unforgettable’. This sets the tone for one of the most violent non-kid friendly film to ever feature a group of superheros. Admittedly there are sequences that are absolutely bizarre and even downright horrible,it could also be said that it runs 20min too long. On the flip side this film features eerily beautiful moments of mind bending meta-physics and bone-crushing action. Along with a complex central dilemma; are these ‘Watchmen’ heroes or mentally unstable vigilantes. It may be seriously flawed but it’s a beautiful beast of a film.
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