The Watchmen turned out to be pretty good, especially when viewed mid-week in a fairly empty theater, though I’m sure that was to the chagrin of a theater trying to make money on the movie. And for those unfamiliar with the book, or tired of the trend of super-hero films that have saturated the market as of late, I know what you mean… but still.
Here’s just a few things worth noting that may not have showed up in the trailers…
1. Night Owl’s (Patrick Wilson) human persona, Dan Dreiberg, closely resembles Clark Griswold.
2. Billy Crudup’s mystical blue form Dr. Manhattan spends most of the movie with his junk on full display. A rarity in films these days, considering scenes of male frontal nudity outnumbers those of female nudity. And yet, everyone has the most perfectly sculpted asses.
3. Matt Frewer, formerly the man behind 80s agent Max Headrom, plays the elvish Edgar Jacobi.
4. The ending is clearly audience-tested, American-audience approved.
5. Although the demise of The Watchmen team includes celebrity burnouts and breakdowns natural to the decadence of the 1950s and 1960s, none seemed to have been seen mingling with the Maharashi nor did any die of the rock star heroine overdose.
6. Rorshach very closely resembles the Dick Tracy character, The Question. Except when they pull the mask away, it isn’t Madonna and the voice doesn’t change.
7. If there is any truth to what Richard Nixon looked like, that guy sure had quite the nose!
8. Dr. Strangelove was noticeably absent from the War Room sequence.
9. Amidst fears of nuclear annihilation, it is suggested that laying a large city to waste will end with utopian results. Clearly, no one watched Mad Max. Except Veidt, who makes this stupid suggestion.
10. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is like the spitting image of Javier Berdeem. At Halloween, he grows his hair out so he can be Anton Chigur.