**WARNING: CONTAINS MAJOR MOVIE SPOILERS**
Yes, I went to see Watchmen the weekend it came out. Here’s what I heard before I even went to the theater.
CHRISTIAN MOVIE REVIEWER ON THE RADIO: This movie lacks a coherent plot. It also has a good deal of language, is borderline pornographic and at times makes you think you paid to watch an over-the-top slasher film.
NERDY GUY WHO READ THE GRAPHIC NOVELS AND SAW IT TWICE: The only thing better than seeing Watchmen the first time was seeing it again. I had time to appreciate how they adapted scenes from the novels into the movie. Some I think they didn’t do justice, but some they actually did much better. Needless to say I thought the movie was great and a must-see for fans of the genre.

My opinion? Well, in many scenes I felt that whoever picked the audio had as much specialty knowledge as… well… me. It was bad at times. I mean, they were a step away from playing “Raindrops keep falling on my head” during a burial scene in which it was raining. That’s how trite the music selection was.
Also both a friend I went with and myself noticed an Incredibles like feel to it. Granted I guess the graphic novels came out LONG before the people thought of the Incredibles storyline. But since they beat them to the punch on making the movie, they get to claim the rights to the “what do superheroes do after retirement?” angle.The weird thing about this movie is also that the character the audience tends to like the most and possesses the best moral compass… is arguably the craziest S.O.B. in the film.
Anyway, if you haven’t heard of the premise of this film, (dig yourself out of the hole) I’ll give you a brief synopsis. The Watchmen were a group of superheroes following in the legacy of a previous generation of superheroes called the Minutemen. Both played helpful parts in not only cleaning up the streets of major cities but also played parts in American wars of the past. Shortly after the Watchmen were formed, the general populous turned against the idea of superheroes, utilizing a common phrase “Who watches the Watchmen?” So Congress passed a law retiring all the heroes. One of the Minutemen went on to write a book about his time as a hero. One of the Watchmen, named Ozymandius (whose character is as pretentious as his name), also made his identity public and started a multi-million dollar organization that claims its roots in making action figures of himself and his former friends and foes. Last, but certainly not least in the story is the blue guy. His name is Doctor Manhattan. Odd for a band of superheroes, but Doctor Manhattan is the only one who actually has any powers. He was the victim of a science experiment gone wrong and now is not entirely human. He can multiply himself so he can be in many places at once. He can see into his own future, manipulate matter, teleport himself and others, change his size, project thoughts into other people’s heads, and apparently travel into alternate dimensions. Maybe that’s why they only gave one guy powers: he had so many they ran out of ideas for the others. Oh, I should probably mention he also has the ability to skip on wearing underwear for about half the film. Why? He’s not human anymore so I guess he stops caring.
Most people’s let-down seems to come from the end of the film. Basically the villain prescribes to one of the many theories we’ve seen before. People don’t get along unless they have some big tragedy to unite them. So to end the Cold War, he wants to blow up about 15 of the world’s major cities and frame Doctor Manhattan for it. But he’s concerned the superheroes can stop him, so he starts getting them out of the way.
I understand why they use this concept in film. We can all recall the events of 9/11 and remember how the United States experienced a unity through that tragedy. We all empathized with the families of that senseless tragedy and wanted to see the bad guys brought to justice. But was this a permanent fix? Not at all. Human nature wins out in the end, and America is still a nation of many faces. Some even look back with regret that they shelved their ideals long enough to agree with people they don’t like. Many opponents of the Patriot Act seem to be more upset by the reaction of the US than they are at the cause.
So my main point is this: any solution that seeks to last has to account enough for reality and the current state of things more than this one does. If we identify human’s sinful nature as the problem, then of course a change has to be wrought to overcome it. But it certainly can’t be a temporary patch. Good thing we’ve all been provided an eternal solution then, isn’t it?

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