I’m glad I saw it, but it almost felt more like a cliffsnotes on Watchmen than a movie out to entertain me. It was technically accurate, but didn’t really effect any emotional response from me. It was as if the director had a checklist of scenes, items, people he needed to show from the book to appease everyone. From that perspective, it was successful.
People are too critical of movies based on books/comics. They want them to be the book. They never will be. What you experience when you read a well written book is between you and the author. No filmmaker will ever capture that for you. Ultimately, the best adaptation into film that I saw is To Kill A Mockingbird. I’ve recent reread the book and viewed the film again and still stand by that.
They should have made the Watchmen their own. I understand why they didn’t… too many critics out there.