Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Yeah, better grab your Latin dictionary to translate THAT title!

Like about a gazillion other nerds out there, I finally saw the movie version of Watchmen!

Nooo, not those! Give me the other Watchmen!

Ahh yes, that’s it! So, Aki, how was the movie?

Well, ehm. I have my Longman English dictionary right next to me, but I can’t find a word that describes my enthousiasm about this movie. So, I will make one up: Brilifrickinglicious! There, I improved the English vocabulary.

What, you never heard about Watchmen, one of the milestones in comic book history? Alright, let me bring you up to speed. Watchmen is a story set in an alternative 1985. President Nixon just won the elections for the third time, and the Doomsday Clock is actually a real device. Tensions between America and the Soviet Union are running extremely high, and amidst all this political trouble, we find heroes. Superheroes. Even better: masked Superheroes. However, since a serious uprising amongst the American citizens, masked vigilantes have been outlawed, and the former Watchmen try their best to return to a “normal” life.

All that changes when one of these former guardians of society, known as “the Comedian” is murdered. Rorschach, also a former Watchman with a very cool mask, warns his allies, and starts to investigate. Is somebody trying to kill all masked superheroes? Or is this something even worse? You should find out yourself…

The plot and the characters are what makes Watchmen an unbelievable cool movie. Through many flashbacks you learn about the backgrounds of very characteristic personas like Laurie a.k.a. Silk Spectre, or Jon a.k.a. Dr. Manhatten. Also, the alternative history presented in this movie and comicbook is a great appeal, and makes everyone clear what COULD have happened during the Cold War (well, except for gigantic blue energetic creatures helping the US in ‘Nam).

However, you should NOT see this movie if:

  • You hate spandex costumes
  • You hate movies longer than 90 minutes
  • You are allergic to philosophy or deep thinking in general
  • You are just a dick and hate commercial movies

Everyone else should make sure to not miss this baby. Fasten your seatbelts, you will be in for one wild ride!

Signed,

Aki

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