If you've got restless leg syndrome then this is not the film for you because Watchmen lasts at least three hours, including previews. But you'll be entertained nearly every minute. I say nearly because during the last half of the movie there is a sex scene that is actually not entertaining. It lasts longer than it should plus Malin Ackerman and Patrick Wilson's chemistry is so good the scene actually seems too intimate to watch but it does have a funny climax (no pun intended).
The performances are good with Jackie Earle Haley, Rorschach, and Jeffery Dean Morgan, the Comedian, being the standouts. Haley is Rorschach and Morgan is the Comedian, much like Ledger's Joker, they embody their characters.
The other actors are also great, Wilson looks just like Dan Dreiberg from the novel and Billy Crudup's monotone performance as Dr. Manhattan gives him the inhumanity the character exudes. Matthew Goode plays Ozymandias, and while not an exact match to his comic counterpart he gets the job done well. But Ackerman, who plays Silk Spectre, over acts sometimes, which hurts the believability of her performance.
The story of Watchmen follows the graphic novel with about 75 percent accuracy, and that only includes what is in the film. The dialogue is mostly unchanged with the majority of differences being certain phrases said by different characters. For example, in the graphic novel Ozymandias says he can catch a bullet, but in the movie Rorschach says it. Many of the changes with the story were made to compress it so only the most important elements get in, and they were done well.
Watchmen is easily the best movie out right now, its engaging story and intriguing characters drive Snyder's take on Moore's epic tale of dysfunctional heroes.
Watchmen is also visually stunning. The cinematography is some of the best I've seen since There Will Be Blood. The gore is sick and awesome at the same time. When Dr. Manhattan annihilates his victims, your jaw will drop and your eyes will open wide, because you'll believe that's what actually happens when the human body is blown apart.
Watchmen is easily the best movie out right now, its engaging story and intriguing characters drive Snyder's take on Moore's epic tale of dysfunctional heroes. If you haven't read the graphic novel, read it, and if you've seen the movie already, see it again to catch all the details from the novel in each scene. In the end, Watchmen earns five outlawed heroes out of five.