Michael: It’s not a good movie. It’s a pointless beat-em-up action movie. Which actually has its place… I like the movie Sucker Punch for instance… But that doesn’t make it “good.” In Watchmen’s case, it’s upsetting because the book IS VERY GOOD.
So last semester I assigned both the book and film to my lit class. Of the 22 of them, I think 2 of them had previously read the book and 3 had seen the film. Once they had all done both, they without exception felt let down by the film.
It works fine if you’re going to see a bunch of special effects and fighting. But viewing it as an actual “film” it fails in a way that Avengers doesn’t.