My Simple Minded World

Thoughts on Watchmen

Posted in movies by Omar Ismail on March 10, 2009

So the Watchmen… a book and movie upon which many a word will be spent. Instead of adding to the heaps of ruminations, examinations, and analyzations of this body of work, I’ll try to keep it short and simple.

In one sentence: the movie is a fantastic companion piece to the book.

The presentation is first class, and the characters are treated in a faithful manner. Essentially the film recreation of the book paints a better picture than the combination of novel + my imagination ever could. So for that I really do thank Snyder.

However, on its own the movie is not enough to explore the themes, and points that are examined in the book. The book creates a ridiculously rich narrative setting that is unrelenting in its depth. Of course for a lot of people, this depth also raises to a barrier and can overshadow some of the more poignant aspects of the story.

This is something to keep in mind when and after you’ve watched the movie. There are substantial portions of the book that are completely omitted. When I say substantial, I really do mean it. A parellel side story that runs throughout the course of the novel, which constitutes about 25% of the story, and is essential for appreciating the whole. Furthermore, key development of certain side characters is missing almost completely.

I’m glad that I read the book first.