More than 20 years after publication, after building a dedicated fan base and after a previous disastrous attempt, Alan Moore’s fantastic graphic novel Watchmen is finally turning into a big-budget movie. When I first heard the news I was cautious about being excited. After all, the story is huge; it’s a long comic with lots of focus on character over action, and subplots, backstory and parallel tales abound. But after seeing all the promotional pictures and trailers, I’m absolutely looking forward to seeing the movie. Here’s why:
5. The Story
Watchmen, first and foremost, is a wonderful story. As a deconstruction of the Superhero genre, Watchmen raises questions that we might not always think to ask, and many of them are left for us to answer for ourselves—Why do these characters dress up and fight crime? Is it right for vigilantes to break the law in order to save lives? What about just breaking the law? What makes a superhero—powers? Heroism? Do you have to be a good person?
Around the detective story and eventual big finish, Watchmen weaves characters with complicated motivations and relationships, plenty of secrets to be revealed and kickass moments all around. The subtlety of the writing and the understatement of emotional moments will be fantastic to see brought to the big screen by the cast, and if the movie’s anything like the comic, will require repeat viewing to catch everything.