When I heard Damon Lindelof (Lost, Prometheus, Star Trek: Into Darkness) was tackling Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen I wasn’t too optimistic.
And my hesitancy–on the surface–was justified because Into Darkness ranked among one of the most irritating movies of 2013 while Prometheus (2012) may have looked spectacular, its story was underwhelming and for the most part, unsatisfying.
Though under greater scrutiny, to regard Lindelof in such a fashion is unfair in that Star Trek: Into Darkness was also written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (who really suck) as well and as far as Prometheus goes, it was originally written as an Alien movie, till Ridley Scott decided to excise the Alien-ness from the script, which it appears that Lindelof was hired to do.
So Lindelof wasn’t exactly unknown to controversy, though tackling Watchmen has to be his most controversial move yet.
And it’s pretty good, very good in fact.
In fact, if I were to have a problem with it it’s that it hews too closely to Alan Moore’s seminal work in terms of feel and mood, more so than in actuality.
In any case, it’s pretty bold stuff and well worth your time.