Who watches the Watchmen? Well, fans of the comic book definitely should. While there were some minor changes to the plot of the film adaptation of the famous comic book, Watchmen, fans looking for fidelity will be very pleased with the movie.
While the newspaper articles, police reports, and the portions of Hollis Mason’s novel Under the Hood that were found between the chapters were an interesting addition to the story, I found myself more interested in the comic itself and felt that the additional background information given in these portions were not always necessary. Apparently, the writers of the film adaptation agreed with me on this, as the excerpts were not included and in fact Hollis Mason’s book was hardly even mentioned in the film. I also found myself getting antsy every time there was a scene in the comic that included the newspaper stand. I understand that this gave readers additional insight to the happenings of the time but I found them unnecessary, as I was more interested in what the main characters were doing. Thankfully, these were not included in the film either. Aside from these small changes, the only other key difference that I saw in the film was the actual attack on New York City as planned by our “villain” Viedt. I was so excited to see how it would pan out in the film and was wondering what the octopus-like monster would look. In the end though, I think that it was a wise idea to cut out the monster, as it could have made the movie a little hokey.
With only minimal changes, I feel that the film is most likely accepted by fans of the comic. The casting for this film was absolutely spot-on, as I felt that the characters looked, acted, and talked exactly as a reader of the comic would think that they would. Additionally, exact lines from the comic could be found in the movie and the settings were exactly how they were drawn on the panels of the comic book’s pages. Overall, due to its fidelity, I think that this is one adaptation that most “fan boys” and “fan girls” are probably very pleased with.