So has anyone here seen Watchmen yet? <MINOR SPOILERS>
Interesting pic...sort of a combination of The Incredibles, The Dark Knight, and The Matrix - though not quite as consistently entertaining as any of those, thanks mostly to the film's pacing.
Watchmen - directed 300-style by Zack Snyder - doesn't really follow any one character in particular, though it is narrated by Rorsharch (Jackie Hearle Haley, channeling Christian Bale's Batman), a rather grumpy, retired (though still masked) superhero investigating the murder of another ex-superhero, The Comedian, and fearing that other superhero deaths are soon to follow. Meanwhile, in this alternate-universe 1985, Nixon has just been elected to his 5th term but the world fears nuclear war between the U.S. and the still-commie Russians.
That's merely the premise that kicks Watchmen into it's second (very long) act. Lots of superhero weirdness follows, especially whenever Dr. Manhattan (Almost Famous's Billy Crudup) is on screen. Dr. Manhattan glows blue, can change sizes and teleport, and is the survivor of a freak lab accident and the only ex-superhero with actual powers. He also seems to spend almost the entire film walking around nekkid, blue schlong frequently on display (this should please Crankyland's own Mal Content, Terribella, and X-Man, but not necessarily TCP).
Though the fx are terrific and the ideas interesting, the film falters in a couple of areas: it takes wayyyyy too long to get going, there are far too many character development subplots to cram into its almost-3-hour running time, and not all of the superheroes are really likeable.
An interesting film that's gonna have massive opening wknd box office and, methinks, every bit as many detractors as fans.
What does everyone else think? Coaster, I know YOU saw this one.