I had mixed feelings about Watchmen (2009). At 162 mins., it’s draggy here and there and overall not the greatest success. But it has a number of good sequences and cool visuals, and I dig its vibe. Especially fun is the intro credit sequence. As far as the spate of comic-book movies goes, you could do a lot worse: Watchmen was better than last year’s The Avengers, and I think it captures more of the pure essence of the Batman comic books than the recent, overrated Christian Bale triptych itself does.
Time’s Richard Corliss wrote:
Both admirable for and cramped by its fidelity to the Moore vision, this ambitious picture is a thing of bits and pieces. Yes, the bits are glorious, the pieces magnificent. Still, this Watchmen is more like a swatch-man.
It’s been too long for me to provide a numerical rating, but I give Watchmen a qualified recommendation: watch the preview first. If it appeals to you and you like the genre, go for it and settle in for a long one.