If you haven’t seen ‘Watchmen’ yet you probably shouldn’t read any further, there will be spoilers. Don’t forget to come back after you have seen it though and have a read of what I thought. 🙂
For the rest of you, read on…
I more or less knew nothing about Watchmen before I went to see it last night. I hadn’t read the graphic novel, I hadn’t seen a proper trailer for it, I just knew there was huge hype about it, I had a ticket from Movies.ie and I was going!
We found our seats, settled in and waited for the movie to begin. Movie started and was billed as a 16 cert. Ok I think, I’d heard tell that it was gory but maybe it won’t be too bad.
I was pretty impressed with the start…dark, intriguing, tense, not so gory, more action-packed. I was hooked. Sadly it didn’t last. The story line meandered and got lost somewhere about half an hour or an hour into it. Honestly, I thought they’d forgotten that it was a film and that ideally they shouldn’t keep people sitting in their seats for the nigh on three hours it looked like it was going to take to reach it’s conclusion. In the end it took an epic (almost Titanic!!) two hours forty minutes to get there. It wasn’t really worth the wait.
Considering the cert of 16, I was surprised by the violent and bloody content. More than once I had to avert my eyes…I’m not really into watching people have bits of their faces chewed off, arms cut off with saws, etc. I don’t even know what Rorschach did to the man who had kidnapped and murdered a liltle girl and then fed her to his dogs – I simply covered my eyes and listened to the sound of flesh being hit with a meat cleaver, having seen enough blood and guts for one evening.
According to the IFCO website, a 16 film should meet the following criteria:
Films classified in this category are considered to be suitable for persons of sixteen or over. Children under this age cannot be admitted to cinemas.
THEME/CONTENT: Most themes/content will be acceptable with classification normally decided by the way the subject is treated.
CONTEXT: It is assumed that adolescents of sixteen and over will be able to appreciate the context of a film.
VIOLENCE: Violent content and depicition of violence may be stronger than in films designated 15A. We take particular account of the way in which sexual violence is portrayed.
SEXUAL CONTENT/NUDITY:Moderate sexual context/themes acceptable.
DRUGS: Scenes/dialogue relating to drugs will be acceptable if the context is appropriate, but not if there is instruction or encouragement to use.
“We take particular account of the way in which sexual violence is portrayed” I suppose the fact that a woman was almost raped after being beaten to a pulp by one of the main characters didn’t count – because hey, it was only almost.
Moderate sexual content? What about the sex scene thrown in at the middle that had nothing at all to do with the storyline and everything to do with Malin Ackerman getting naked?
Nudity? Did they miss the naked Doctor Manhattan all through the movie (bizarre) ? You never see full frontal nudity in a 16’s film do you, either male or female? But I guess cos he was blue that was ok too.
I realise that had I read the graphic novel I would have had more of a clue of what was going on but that’s my biggest problem with this film. I go to the cinema to be entertained. I don’t expect to have to do homework before I go, I expect the film to set up the story for me, play it out and show me the conclusion. This film skimped on the background story, expecting it’s audience to just know who was who and what was what, it meandered through the storytelling far too slowly, eventually getting to a disappointing, though welcome end.
The only saving grace, if you could even call it that, was the yummy Jeffrey Dean Morgan. *drool*
I realise I now sound like everybody’s granny after that but those are my genuine thoughts on it. I was completely underwhelmed after all the hype. As I said on the way home when asked what I’d thought of it,
“It was a load of old bullshit really wasn’t it?”
“Yeah pretty much”