If our contemporary world is too predictable, writers and filmmakers frequently offer alternative universes for consideration and, of course, entertainment. They are usually set in the future, such as yesterday's review, "V for Vendetta," based on a graphic novel. Another film based on a graphic novel is "Watchmen," from 2009. "V for Vendetta" is set in a grim future, whereas "Watchmen" reimagines 1985, but from a perspective of alternate political and social events.
In the film, superheroes have lived among us for decades. But being a superhero is now illegal. The movie begins with the murder of a hero called "The Comedian" (played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan). This death is investigated by another hero, Rorschach (played by Jackie Earle Haley). Rorschach does not care about the restrictive new law and continues to work as a superhero. The murder also gets the attention of many other former heroes, such as Dr. Manhattan (played by Billy Crudup). Due to an experiment gone wrong, he is a blue being with basically unlimited powers. Another former hero is Dan Dreiburg, aka Nite Owl (played by Patrick Wilson), who wore a costume similar to Batman's. He became Nite Owl after the original Nite Owl (played by Stephen McHattie) retired from service. Another former hero is Laurie Jupiter, aka Silk Spectre II (played by Malin Akerman). The first Silk Spectre was her mom, Sally (played by Carla Gugino). Of all the former heroes, the most successful is Adrian Veidt, aka Ozymandias (played by Matthew Goode), who is one of the world's richest men. Thus, we have a whole community, not unlike human communities, but the members of this one possess unusual talents and abilities.
"Watchmen" is well-directed by Zack Snyder. He gives the film a memorable soundtrack. It is set over the course of several decades and features music from many artists, such as Bob Dylan and Jimi Hendrix.
The story is intriguing. These heroes are different from characters like Superman and Spider-man. They are highly flawed, especially Rorschach, who is quite violent when dealing with criminals.
Jackie Earle Haley is stunning as Rorschach. He is borderline psychotic, but he is not necessarily a bad guy since his victims are criminals. Carla Gugino is also strong as Sally. She does a good job showing her at different points in her life.
"Watchmen" is a must-see for fans of the graphic novel.