It occurred to me that “really effing good” really doesn’t say a whole lot about a movie.
1. In which the movie seemed to have been produced specifically for those who’ve read Alan Moore’s Graphic Novel of the same name (even though Moore himself distances himself from movies made based on his works): I *always* dig movies that, at least in my opinion, do a *fairly* good jaerb of representing the salient parts of the book(s) upon which they are based. In this case, I thought “The Watchmen”, while necessarily having to leave out several elements, and changing at least one, did a pretty good job of staying relatively close to the book. To the point where the characters’ lines mirror the characters’ dialogue in the book.
2. In which the casting in the movie brought characters from a book to life: So many times we form images in our mind of what the protagonists might look like, how they might sound, etc.. This is, necessarily, more profound when you’re making a movie based on a graphic novel. But the producers of this movie really got it. Really.
3. In which, after the first fifteen minutes of the movie, I turned to His Nibs and said, “you may get me this soundtrack for my birthday.”
4. In which cenobyte could have left the theatre happy after only having seen the previews: Wolverine (X Men Origins) with my secret lover, Wolverine (as reimagined by my not-so-secret lover, Hugh Jackman); My boyfriend Johnny Depp as John Dillinger in “Public Enemies”; and, of course, THE NEW STAR TREK MOVIE!!! Seriously, I didn’t see as much of the previews as other patrons, because I was squealing gleefully. In fact, I was somewhat verklempt at the idea of all of those things being shown to me within such a short time frame.
5. In which cenobyte’s favourite character from The Watchmen was, while under-represented in the movie, done *perfectly*. That’s a fairly tall order.