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Watchmen: The Ultimate Cut Movie Review

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I am an avid reader of comics especially those featuring Wolverine or Superman.

Zack Snyder

Zack Snyder

An Introduction to Zack Snyder

Zack Snyder (born March 1, 1966) is an American director. He initially gained attention after remaking the cult classic Dawn of the Dead in 2004. And is also renowned for his comic-book adaptations of 300 (2007), Watchmen (2009) and Man of Steel (2013).
He also produced the sequel to 300 titled Rise of the Empire in 2014. Snyder is known for being a cinematic visionary. He doesn't write the majority of his films (as they turn out disastrous like 2011's Sucker Punch). But his direction is top-notch with the proper usage of dazzling visuals.
Both 300 and Watchmen's sets were made as close as possible to the source material. Man of Steel still remains his most profitable venture with over $650 million made universally.
I knew that after watching the 2009 adaptation of Alan Moore’s graphic novel Watchmen, Snyder would be the perfect person to helm the relaunch of the DC comics’ movie franchise after the release of the Dark Knight Rises.

Official Blu-ray Edition Poster

Before the Snyder Cut, there came the Ultimate Cut

I've been a comic-book junkie all my life and people always ask me "Which is the best superhero movie?"
Firstly, it's hard to decide which exactly but I always find X-Men 2, Spider-Man 2, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and Logan in my Top 5 (in no particular order). But I never suggest people I don't closely know to watch Watchmen - no pun intended.
This is because the film is difficult to understand for a person who doesn't want to go into the depth of its universal themes. Also, because people who've read the graphic novel will love it even more.
The 3 h 35 m Ultimate Cut was even better than the original version which I saw when the movie first came out on 2009. Again, I only watch this longer cut cuz of finishing the graphic novel its based on.
I'd still say the graphic novel is a lot better than the cinematic experience. This is cuz you're able to take in more from reading and re-reading the novel rather than watching and re-watching the movie. Writer Alan Moore is an expert in powerful storytelling on the page (another example is his V for Vendetta).
And I would say this is Snyder's best movie alongside 300 because I adored the latter's action. But plot-wise Watchmen is of course better and it's also competitive in terms of its unique noire cinematography, action sequences which mirrored Batman's moves in BvS, steaming intimate scenes, and an all-round high class cast which includes Patrick Wilson from The Conjuring movies and Jeffrey D Morgan who stars as Negan in TWD. Malin Akerman was perfect as Silk Specter 2 as I was fond of the character's beauty in the comic form so it was wonderful to see it displayed on the screen as equally beautiful.
I would say that both the original and the ultimate cut have the problem that they aren't meant for mainstream audiences. Watchmen wasn't a high grosser because it was meant to critically analyzed by serious watchers and not by everyday cinema-goers. So when I first saw the trailer in 09 I had a feeling this film would flop at the box office. And its review are unsurprisingly hate-it-or-love it from both critics, fans and everyday cinema-goers.
I still rank Watchmen higher than all the flicks in the Dark Knight Trilogy. Whereas The Joker was the only interesting figure in The Dark Knight, in Watchmen every main character is interesting and their motives are as unpredictable as the mystery surrounding the plot. Jackie E Haley deserved an Oscar nod as much as Heath Ledger was awarded with an Oscar statue.
I would also recommend this film to both people who liked and disliked BvS to see how well Snyder handled this underrated gem.
Watchmen will come to HBO as a series soon, and though Snyder isn't involved, I know that HBO is a channel that has productions that rarely disappoint. And I'm sure more people will start reading the source material just like people began reading the GOT novels after going through the TV series.

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