Women On Film – “Watchmen” – Joanna Langfield reviews

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You can have your superheroes: the guy who intrigues me is Zack Snyder.

Hands down the most visually stimulating director working today, Snyder brings a blasting sensibility to the brutal world of these Watchmen, making even the most abhorrent violence intriguing for us to watch.

As he did with the impressive 300, Snyder takes pains to stay true to his storyline, a necessary decision especially here, since the original Watchmen comics and graphic novel are so beloved by their fans. Mess with these guys and all hell might break loose. Of course, all hell does break loose anyway: the conceit of neutered-down superpowers resurging on their own does lend for lots of gritty and gruesome blood-letting. And, like it or not, Snyder stages it all with a vision that is compelling, even if the story line is often not.

Besides the look of the thing, the most interesting components here include a nifty opening credit scene, which swiftly takes us back into the history of these Watchmen, wrapping up with a comic take on the cultural icons of the 1980’s. There are also pretty decent performances from Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Patrick Wilson, Billy Crudup and Jackie Earle Haley, particularly when they are stripped of their masks and let fly. I wish I could say the same of co-star Malin Ackerman, but, pretty face and sleek hips aside, this actress doesn’t bring the mesmerizing power that would have made her superwoman, well, more super.

Especially in light of Snyder’s insistence on including the World Trade Center in the backrounds of several scenes, it is noteworthy that the tragic ending of this bad-guys-revenge tale is so devastating to New York City. Witnessing that, no matter how cleverly staged, is still all too real: and I, for one, wonder about its use as “entertainment”.

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Joanna Langfield (Archived Contributor)

Her voice is heard throughout the 50 states and around the world by more than one million listeners on her syndicated radio programs: Joanna Langfield’s People Report and Video and Movie Minute. She’s also seen and heard as a regular contributing commentator on CNN International, CNN, Fox News and CNBC. In print, her articles have been published in such high profile magazines as Video Review and McCall’s. Joanna Langfield is known for taking interviews to another level with probing looks at celebrities’ insights rather than just their latest projects. As a result, she’s secured a niche among the nation’s premier interviewers and movie critics. Joanna began her career on the production staff of a local Boston television station. She then focused her energies towards radio and produced talk shows at WMEX-AM in Boston. After moving to New York, she became executive producer at WMCA-AM for talk show personalities Barry Gray and Sally Jessy Raphael. She began hosting a one-minute movie review spot which, in turn, led to her top-rated weekend call in-show, The Joanna Langfield Show (1980-83). Joanna moved to WABC-AM to host The Joanna Langfield Show on Saturday nights from 9:00pm to midnight. It was the highest rated show in its time slot. From 1987-1989, Joanna hosted Today’s People on the ABC Radio network, which was fed daily to over 300 stations around the country. She also appeared on WABC-TV as a regular on-air contributor. In 1989, Joanna formed her radio production company, Joanna Langfield Entertainment Reports, to syndicate her radio reports. She is considered to be one of the top authoritative commentators on the entertainment industry. Read Lagfield's recent articles below. For her Women On Film archive, type "Joanna Langfield" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).