Originally Posted by Cameron Hughes
Zack Snyder's Watchmen.
It starts out so well. Haley is great as Rosarch. Patrick Wilson is a great Dan. Jeffrey Dean Morgan is an amazing Comedian. Malin Akerman is...okay. I liked Cruddup as Manhattan. Less said about Carla Gugino and that terrible make-up the better.
But God, Matthew Goode was a terrible Veidt and that sinks it. I don't buy him as the most popular and beloved man in the world, idolized by millions. That silly accent was just icing on the terrible. In the book, there's something a little off about him, and his "I WIN!" at the end is supposed to reveal what a monster he was(Morally ambiguous as he was), but Goode plays him like he's up to something through the whole movie.
I'm not sure how well Moore's ending would have worked, but the one Snyder went with was terrible. Why does Dan suddenly stop fighting? He just...stops. In the book, the way it plays out is much more effective.
It's not a bad movie, but it has too many problems to be good.
I almost totally agree with this. So much of the film is great, but Goode is so, so wrong for Veidt. Once they get to Karnak, the film dies. The only worthwhile things after their arrival are Rorshach's final moment - not that it fits, particularly, but Haley really sells it - and the booming, gigantic Manhattan telling Veidt how disappointed in him he is.
I'm not sure how you could have ended the film, but the combination of Veidt being so absent from most of the film that he's the only logical villain, Goode's performance/casting and the complete lack of impact the final scene in the newspaper office carries pretty much kill the film dead.