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Most comic book movies that make a point of being slavishly devout to their source material either fail or are working from pages that are inherently more cinematic and less intellectually dense than Watchmen is. To shoehorn Watchmen into a decent feature film would require significant restructuring, and unfortunately, this film misses the forest for the trees, offering tediously superficial reproductions of panels that were designed to be printed on paper, not celluloid. If Zack Snyder wanted to keep so many details intact, he should have made a miniseries (like the comic book was) instead of rushing through important exposition while lingering endlessly on scenes better left implied. The result is just a convoluted, interminable mess, with excessive polish slathered on everything but the fanboy script and the B-movie performances.