Well, me for a start.
I have an interest to declare on The Watchmen. First published in 1986, it was the first 'graphic novel' of it's kind and pretty much revolutionised not only the genre, but superheroes in general. And I loved it.
I firmly believe that without Alan Moore's and Dave Gibbon's creation, we would never have had the dark re-imagining of superheroes and in conjunction with Frank Miller's Dark Knight, changed the world of fantasy film making forever. Never has so much been owed to so few etc.
So it was with some nervousness that I approached Zack Snyder's attempt to put on screen what had been widely thought to be 'unfilmable'. Moore of course has disowned it (as with all his previous movie versions, quite rightly in some cases) but he needn't have done that.
I think the film is very game attempt at capturing the rich complexity and incredible ambition contained in the original book. It was a book that always wanted to be more that a comic book and challenge the notion that serious and adult storytelling could be told through this medium.
The film captures this beautifully and because of the 18 certificate it doesn't seem beholden to creating a 'superhero blockbuster' by filling it with action, dumbing down the layers of complexity, cutting back on the violence and toning down the very adult themes. It's a very grown up film and I imagine hard for modern audiences to get to grips with (for starters, its almost three hours long) in particular the existentialist heart of the film and quite unpalatable structure by modern standards.
Visually, it's a joy to behold and the art direction is straight out of the book which is quite remarkable given its age. Non superhero fans will find much to enjoy in this but may find some of Moore's cod philosophising a little hard to swallow. All in all though, well worth seeing on the big screen before it scuttles off to the inevitable Blu Ray special edition.