Watchmen (2009)

IMDB plot:

When an ex-superhero is murdered, a vigilante named Rorschach begins an investigation into the murder, which begins to lead to a much more terrifying conclusion.

The best way to explain Watchmen to someone that doesn’t want spoilers: It’s what comic books want to be when they grow up.

The story starts in 1985, when super-heroes really exist, they are all American and they helped in the victory in Vietnam. Years later, when those super-heroes were deemed as “illegal” and had to put their capes in the closet and retire, the nuclear tensions between USA and USSR in the cold war are getting out of control and the nuclear clock is set to 5 minutes to midnight (midnight meaning total nuclear war.) In this universe, an old hooded super-hero is murdered and one of his old partners, which refused to stop fighting crime (hooded), decided to go into action to find the murderer. On his way, he manages to bring old heroes back into action.

In 80s terms, think this: Super Friends are considered illegal by the government, every hero has to put down their capes and return to their secret identities. Batman is the only one that still fights crime with his bat-suit clandestinely and, years later, Flash is killed and Batman goes into action to find the person who did that, pulling all the other Super Friends back into action with him.

One of the things the stands in Watchmen is the heroes are flawed, human. You have the super guy that doesn’t feel he’s related to humanity anymore, the detective only sees the world through the mask, the smart guy that doesn’t worry about killing innocents to save more people… and the others seems lost without using their capes. This sense of lost is more apparent with Silk Spectre II and Night Owl II. They simply don’t work without the idea of being caped.

Acting is… well, comic book related. You can’t expect super heroes without the cheesy lines and the “holy than thou” attitude. So it’s hard to see if the actors are over-acting, under-acting or simply in character.

Also, there were a lot of comments on how faithful the story is to the comics, with the exception of the end. Which, honestly, works fine to me. I mean, the new ending. In a way, it make it sound a lot more like “making a super-hero being a hero”.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars.