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Top 25 Films of the 2000s – #23

December 9, 2009

For the introduction and numbers 24 and 25, see HERE.

#23 – Watchmen (2009)

After years of stops and starts and on-again, off-again development, a film version of Watchmen finally made its way to theaters courtesy of Zack Snyder (who also directed 300). It more or less bombed, savaged on one side by legions of fans who were pissed that the ending was changed, and on the other by mainstream audiences who usually don’t go whole hog for “everyone is morally compromised” type movies. More than that, though, I think Watchmen was hampered by its own influence. The themes and even specific plot elements of the original comic have found their way into so many other properties over the years, that the story just doesn’t hold that groundbreaking edge anymore.

All that said, Watchmen was a beautifully filmed, (mostly) well-acted adaptation that delivered pretty much everything I wanted and then some. And as far as adaptations go, it’s probably one of the better ones I’ve encountered.


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