Will Wheaton says Watchmen is “fucking awesome”

Yes, Will Wheaton, beloved geek actor/writer (the highest praise I could give someone) saw Watchmen last night and I don’t know why but I trust him.  I do.  He listens to Dungeons and Dragons podcasts and was the star of my favorite movie ever (I suppose we can debate whether or not River Phoenix was truly the star of Stand By Me) and for godsakes he was Wesley Crusher on Star Trek: TNG.  He’s a true geek and he has just calmed me down.

I know a lot of people want to know about Watchmen, so I’ll just cut to the chase right away: It’s the best movie inspired by a graphic novel that I’ve ever seen. It could have gone wrong in a thousand different places, and it didn’t. I’ve wanted to see this movie for twenty years, and it was entirely worth the wait. Hear me now, my fellow geeks: you have nothing to worry about. Watchmen is fucking awesome.

Now, the entire story…

You probably want a few more details than that.  We will try not to spoil it, but it sounds like Zack Snyder has delivered the real deal Holyfield on this one.

Now, listen, I know that we live in a world where we’ve endured Ang Lee’s The Hulk, Spiderman 3, both Fantastic Four movies, and Indiana Jones Gets Raped Repeatedly While We Are Forced To Watch In Horror, so I think it would be really strange if we weren’t worried and apprehensive about something that already means so much to us, but I hope this will calm your nerves until the movie is released: Watchmen is faithful to the book. It respects the book. I swear by the beard of Zeus, it feels like the book. Yes, there are some cuts, but they serve the release and don’t disrupt or betray the narrative at all. Yes, they made a change to something that’s a pretty big deal in the book, but it doesn’t matter; what they did instead accomplishes exactly the same thing, and it does it perfectly. There is some of the Zack Snyder signature slow motion, and though it’s a little heavy in the very first scene (which worried me) it isn’t overdone throughout the movie at all, and I found it to be pretty cool and entertaining.

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