When I saw Watchmen the first time it blind sided me. Maybe it was the excitement of seeing the film I so eagerly awaited for so long, maybe I was to busy “geeking” out on the cool stuff to give the film my full attention — who know.
The second time I saw it, I absolutely loved it. As I've stated in my review, Watchmen is a “big” movie and you really need to pay attention in order to really appreciate it.
I even brought my wife who has never read the graphic novel, and two friends that have, just to make sure I wasn’t the victim of drinking any Synder-flavored Kool-Aid due to my close proximity to the film and it’s filmmakers.
My wife loved it. I was shocked, but happily surprised. My two friends? Well, love may be too strong a word, but they both said they liked it a lot. My Kool-Aid worries were beginning to fade. Then the critics and other various Internet crackpots started to chime in. Roger Ebert, one of the most respected film critics of all time gave the film four stars — his highest rating. Other critics panned it while dragging director Zack Snyder down into the mud along with their harsh reviews.
So who's right and who's wrong. Is Watchmen triumph or trash? We may never really know the answer, and if you're waiting for the dust to settle and a winner to be declared before seeing the film — don't. This is, and probably always will be, a polarizing film. So go buy a ticket and afterward, feel free to pick a side.
Until then, G4 had Drew McWeeny (formerly of AICN and now at HitFix) and David Poland of Movie City News went head to head to discuss the merits, or lack thereof, of the movie in a one-on-one Watchmen debate. Take a look at the video of that melee below and decide for yourself which geek held their own in this heated discussion.
3.10.09 Source: G4
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