March 3rd, 2009
10:26 AM ET

Three observations on 'Watchmen'

I'll save the reviews for's Tom Charity and our colleagues at Entertainment Weekly, but having seen a screening last night, here are three things you can expect from "Watchmen":

1. Two setpieces are highlights: The opening credits, which play out like brightly lit, live-action versions of comic book panels out of the 1940s and '50s; and the creation of Dr. Manhattan, in which Billy Crudup's minor-key performance shines through the special effects. (Though Jackie Earle Haley wins the film's acting honors for his Rorschach.)

2. If you want the grit of New York street corners and apartments that existed in the graphic novel, you won't find much in the movie of "Watchmen." Even the darkest scenes appear highly buffed, with every hair in place, every crinkled piece of paper just so.

3. It's amazing what they can do with computers nowadays.

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- Todd Leopold, Entertainment Producer

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