I haven’t managed to get to a theater to see Watchmen yet. I am prepared to be disappointed, though. I reread the graphic novel last week on a whim, and it was far better than I had remembered. Then again, I’ve become a better reader since I last read it. Even with a nearly 3-hour running time, the film will have a hard time matching its sheer complexity. This review at the A.V. Club seems to confirm my fears; it’s not quite a Lord of the Rings hack job, but close. Ozymandias in particular seems wholly ruined, and the violence has been fetishized rather than complicated.

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