Clay Enos/TM & DC Comics
Chris Nashawaty
July 15, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Watchmen

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Alan Moore
publisher
Warner Books

We gave it a B-

After all the hype and years of drooling anticipation, how could Watchmen not disappoint? Well, at least Zack Snyder’s take on the Citizen Kane of graphic novels kicks off right. The first ?10 minutes are streamlined pop-art bliss. But then, much like the aging caped crusaders it chronicles, the middle goes all soft and flabby. The last thing the movie needed was ?an extra 24 minutes, which have been added to this two-disc edition. Yes, there’s a ton of backstory to cram in, but a film with characters as colorful as Jackie Earle Haley’s Rorschach, Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Comedian, and Billy Crudup’s unjolly blue giant, Dr. Manhattan, shouldn’t feel like a slog. The one place where we might want more — ?the EXTRAS — feels slight: making-of docs, a history of the Watchmen comic, and a My Chemical Romance video. B?

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