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Echoes and Mirrors» Blog Archive » Movie Review: The Watchmen

Movie Review: The Watchmen

Here’s Peter Suderman’s take on it.

Personally, I found it extremely aesthetically pleasing. The philosophical debates in it are crucial and powerful; the characters make damn good arguments and they all represent a different outlook on morality.

The two that struck me as most well thought-out were Mr. Manhattan’s and Rorschach’s objectivism. The film as a whole was very atheistic, with a focus on mankind’s control of it’s own fate. The biggest moral struggle is the justification of means (Utilitarianism vs. Deontology) and whether or not consequences are more important than intent. In addition to this, there are sub-philosophical questions presented along the way, most of them resulting from ends vs. means struggles. I walked away from the film feeling that even if the ends justify the means they still might be wrong, but that morality is, at best, an illusion. The nihilism card is well played and it kind of balances the main struggle nicely.

Aside from that, the movie was an hour or so too long, and not nearly as action-packed as the trailers made it out to be. But I did get to see the new trailers for Star Trek, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and Terminator Salvation, so that made me really happy. I haven’t read the graphic novel so some of the historical stuff was pretty confusing until half-way through the movie.

$9 moderately well-spent.

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Watchmen is a visual and psychological cornucopia -- definitely worth watching