This is a Superman film. And a Superman origins film at that, so you can guess at some of the plot. Clark Kent dealing with his superhero side, becoming Superman, and learning about where he really came from. But this is a reboot! they are all the fashion these days, so something different must occur. […]
Based on the graphic novel by Alan Moore & illus. Dave Gibbons
Don’t you just love it when you turn up to watch a crappy film and then get to see an excellent one by total fluke? That’s what to be me last night. Heading out to watch Marley and Me which I’d won tickets to, but when we went to collect them we spotted that they were also having a special screening of Watchmen. Himself, being the geek that he is, asked about any spare tickets. On the off chance. The movies.ie people looked at each other, then told us to come back at 7. If they had any left over we’d get them. And they did. So in we went to watch Watchment. After having our phones checked to make sure they were switched off, outside the screen, which is a bit silly, I mean we easily could’ve switched them on again, if we were morons. I also spotted the camera yoke they use to scan the audience during the film to make sure no one is recording the film. I guess security was tight.
Anyways you most likely want to know what I thought of the film. Well, keeping in mind that I haven’t read the book yet so can’t do the whole comparison thing, I think it was really good. Solid, solid entertainment. Not quite what I was expecting, I thought there’d be more action, but still v good.
I have a feeling that how you feel at the end of seeing this film will be hugely coloured by your mindset before the film began. Personally I loved it. Wonderful visuals and a great story. Wasn’t overly impressed with the characterisation, but you can’t have everything.
The film begins with a voice-over, and this narrator pipes up throughout the film, sometimes describing the action that we are watching on screen. I have no doubt that some will find this redundant, but, given the ending and who the narrator is I think this device actually works really well. Plus he does add to the melodramatic, over the top atmosphere that make this such a good film.