Watch the confusion slowly unfold

I went to see the Watchmen movie on the weekend. I was not familiar with the graphic novel, and I went along with friends who were long-time fans.

I can see why they loved it. I guess it follows the comic panel-by-panel, much like Frank Miller’s 300, but perhaps with a few alterations towards the end. Since I was not already familiar with the characters, story, or intent, I found it to be incredibly confusing. The story switches a lot between characters and time-periods and includes people who played the same masked character in a different time period. And don’t even get me started on the blue tiger-thing at the end of the film, which didn’t make any sense at all.

It also didn’t help that this movie was about two-and-a-half hours long and had some pretty slow pacing and monotonous-sounding voiceovers. I started checking my watch half an hour in.

It was also incredibly violent.

So, if you’re already a fan of the graphic novel, I’m sure you’ll love the film. If not, you might want to think twice about seeing it.