Movies about comic book style heroes have been around as long as they’ve been making movies. Superman, Spiderman, and Batman are some classics that have entertained millions of people around the world. These movies all have one thing in common. The good guys are clearly good, and the bad guys are clearly bad. But what happens when you blur the line between good and bad in a superhero? The result is a movie called “Watchmen.” Based on the highly acclaimed graphic novel, this movie introduces the idea of what happens when real people struggle with real human emotions as super heroes.
Our yarn follows a similar world, apparently close to our own. Some things are naturally distinctive, we see Nixon winning three terms as a president, and we see the United States effortlessly winning the Vietnam Challenge, instead of slinking away in defeat. Our yarn follows the way of this crowd of heroes since the late fifties, in what began out as a vigilante society. The story jumps around throughout time, and has a gorgeous narrative to tell.
Somewhere along the line, our mob of fantastic heroes was deemed dishonest, and one by one they have either been arrested, or killed. A while has past without any activity from them, until one by one they start ending up being murdered. One of their member decides to take it upon himself to expose the motive behind the killings. And in doing so he must finger the other members of the now defunct band of protectors of humankind.
During these flashbacks, we learn that these heroes are far from the spotless image we are used to in our caped crusaders. Some of them are out-and-out nasty, and they even question the muscle that they hold over others. We find out that these so called fabulous heroes have participated in homicide, rape, and conspiracy to do innumerable crimes. But do they have a sufficient motive for all of this?
As a setting to this yarn is the mounting danger of nuclear warfare. That much is just as dangerous to the movie world as it is in real life. And the amazing caper behind the murders is something we don’t realize until the actual end of the show. Something that makes us question the old saying of the ends justifying the means. Is it OK to murder one person to shelter a thousand? Is it reasonable to kill a thousand to protect one million?
These are some of the real life but required questions our heroes must face. You may not agree with the decisions they create, but the way they take along the way proves to be a masterwork of fighting filled tale telling. If you haven’t seen “Watchmen,” we exceedingly advise it, as once you do, you will never think of a superhero in the same way.