Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

by Kevin Aditya

The title means Who Watches the Watchmen? I did, along with Naqib and Echy finally I’ve finished watching this long-awaited movie! Yes, WATCHMEN first came to my knowledge 2 years back after I watched V for Vendetta (which was also truly awesome) and I learnt the creator had another comic book that was being adapted into a movie and yes, that two-and-a-half hour of blood and tears is fucking epic! I’ve read the graphic novel before, although not finished, and Zack Snyder is terrific for staying true to the comic book. Every scene is a perfect rendition of a particular frame in the novel, and the details spent is truly wonderful and rich.

Set in the alternate history America year 1985, where Americans won the Vietnam War and Nixon served for the third term, Rorschach the masked vigilante is investigating the mysterious death of fellow crimefighter the Comedian. He goes on to warn the other retired masked avengers that were once grouped under the name Watchmen, only to find that time had changed the way they think and live, not knowing there is a much greater trouble that awaits…

The storytelling is tight and slick with the spice of adult-rated scene here and there, and blood-packed fights are everywhere: what more could you ask for? The main idea revolving around the whole movie is that there is no ideal situation of peace to be achieved. Comedian and Ozymandias understand this, while others like the goodhearted Nite Owl II, the fragile Silk Spectre II or the street-smart Rorschach struggle to find their own meaning as a masked hero. I personally like Rorschach best because he sticks to his words until the very end and his constantly morphing mask is a damn coooool idea. All of them, although they have high-level martial arts skill, don’t really have any superpower. Save for the blue Dr. Manhattan that is uber-godlike: having the ability to perceive all time periods simultaneously, able to teleport anywhere, zaps out enemies with almost no effort, he’s so perfectly made that  to play him in a videogame is a total cheating I guess haha 8)

Jeffrey Dean Morgan is the most perfect cast in the lineup I think, he is just perfect for the cynical and apathetic Comedian appearance. And Jackie Earle Haley was damn scary as Rorschach! He portrayed the rough fingerbreaker character pretty good, especially the insanity released when his mask was taken by the police officers. Oh and not to forget Malin Akerman as Silk Spectre II who kinda resembled Zooey Deschanel in some scenes only with super straight hair 😆

This movie is exhausting, I’m warning you. Think of political themed Benjamin Button with a fast pace and full of streaming details around the progressing story. Your full attention is required from the beginning to really grasp the heavy story but luckily, the movie is very rich in color so it goes pretty on the eye. Watchmen surely goes on the top 10 list of 2009 movies, and you really really should watch it yourself!

Oh, didn’t I tell you the soundtracks were enchanting too? There are various tracks from the 60’s-80’s to keep themed with the movie like Simon & Garfunkel’s The Sounds of Silence, Bob Dylan’s The Times They Are a-Changin’ and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah. Although the kinds are not my everyday music but those songs fit the mood perfectly on most of the scenes, especially on the opening credit. Pssst click on the album cover

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13 Comments to “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?”

  1. Halo Kev..salam kenal..
    Gw juga udah nonton Watchmen (tanpa membaca GN nya terlebih dahulu) dan suka bgt!
    Gw baca post lo yg sblom ini jadi penasaran untuk baca review nya..hehe..

    Bagus bgt Review lo! Tapi kok ga pake tanda-tanda spoiler?(buat paragraf ke 3)
    Oh, iya..Matthew Goode sebagai Adrian Veidt? Gw bilang dia yg paling kren..hahaha..
    Soundtrack nya kren bgt! tapi menurut gw Halellujah nya Leonard Cohen kurang pas sama Scene nya deh..Jadi ngelawak gitu..hahaha..hot bgt Laurie!

    Lu baca GN nya sampe mana Kev? Katanya ending film nya beda sama di GN?

    Salah bgt nih gw nonton Watchmen rame2..banyak banget yg ga suka (ga ngerti)..Banyak yg brisik nanya2 lagi di tengah film..Cuma dikit banget yg suka..Seperti nya gw bakal nonton lagi weekend ini..haha..

    Thx Kev..

    • halo juga deg, kayanya aisha pernah cerita ttg lo deh haha. makasih! gak kok gak diitung spoiler mah itu, kan kalo buat yg belom nonton juga gabakal ngerti maksudnya 👿 haha yep Matthew Goode bagus jugatuh, tapi tetep bagusan Morgan jadi Comedian yeah! gw sih ga mendalami genre2 musik yg di soundtrack nya tapi emang adegan hot nya Laurie gak pas sama nuansa selebrasinya Hallelujah haha. gw baca cuma sampe Dr. Manhattan ke mars bawa foto lalu flashback2 itu. emang kalo rame2 pasti bakal pada bertanya2 haha nonton sendiri udah paling bener deh rasanya, gak bisa ditonton cuma sekali.

      terimakasih kembali sudah berkunjung!

  2. hahaha iy vin adrian veidt yg best choreography di watchmen tuh menurut gw, kurus2 sepostur gw tp lbh skill dr yg laen ya kaan.

    mnurut gw yg bikin exausting: film berat ditambah gore dan kursi bioskop yang tidak fleksibel
    dan gore yang frekuen bikin kita kehilangan nafsu makan, membuat kita kehilangan teman nonton : popcorn
    jadi lah exhausting

    hahah

  3. yoaa
    hahah ga usah saos, ada kl tuh org lg bw minum :
    pas minum pas rorschach muncrat, bertenggang-rasa lah orang itu. (muncrat juga)

    oh iy kl ada video game-nya
    jon pasti jadi super secret boss ato plg engga boss terakhir di difficulty expert yg difficulty-nya sendiri cuma bisa di-unlock kalo udah tamat 5 kali or so.

  4. bagus kev filmnya. tapi gw ga ngerti, hehehe otak gw belum mencukupi untuk mencerna film ini dalam satu kali nonton, atau mesti baca novelnya dulu kali ya

  5. hey wait, the americans lost the vietnam war! i think…… i just learned it today in US history class. 2 years after nixon pulled out american troops, north vietnam took over south vietnam and all that american blood went to waste

    • iya, kan makanya ini alternate history ceritanya. perang vietnam nya selese cuma seminggu gara2 dr. manhattan yang terlalu dewa ikutan, trus jadinya si nixon kepilih buat ketiga kalinya

      • ohhhhh gituya, membingungkan. yampun untng ga beneran ya, mampus aja kalo nixon 3 kali presiden. eh tapi kan udh dibuat peraturan gaboleh presiden lbh dr 2 term gara2 si franklin roosevelt pas tahun hmm kpn ya, tahun2 perang dunia

  6. Halo salam kenal, I’m a friend of Aisha’s from AFS. I was working on my bachelor thesis and then got bored and browsed and found Aisha’s comment on my blog and visited hers and crossed onto yours. It seems to be a good explanation no? hehe
    I like your review. I’ve just watched the movie as well last weekend, and found it amazing. Masih kalah sama V sih bangunan karakternya, but i think it’s for Watchmen contains too many plots at once. Jadi semua terkesan kejar target makanya lumayan capek. And i like the soundtrack, you’re right. The mood of the songs is so “life begins when the kids move out and the dog dies”, hehe.
    Now while laughing at altruism, do you think Veidt’s conduct can be justified?

    • Thanks for reading! Yeah the movie was so tightly plotted it exhausts us from having too many stories flowing, that’s why I think it’s better to watch it twice to make some sense of it.
      What was right from Veidt was that “it doesn’t take a genius to see the world has problems”. And I’ll call it altruism if he did the whole thing under his name himself, but no, this is not the case. To “sacrifice millions to safe billions” is a statistically right thing to do if we put our morality aside haha, but someone has to do it because peace agreement convention is just empty talk. Veidt was wrong, but that was the best from the worst that could happen. It was neither just or unjust.

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