started as a comic book series in 1986.
This graphic story of costumed crusader
crime fighters then turned into a pulp fiction-type novel.
Hollywood spent years trying to adapt this
hard story to the big screen, but it looks like the wait was
well worth the effort.
It delivers a visually stimulating super
hero for dedicated fans, but viewers like me who knew little
or nothing about the history or story should head right down
to the bookstore and get educated.
But for going in cold turkey, I liked it
a whole bunch.
It's revisionist history with a modern
perspective: Costumed super heroes have been around for decades
before being outlawed. Richard Nixon is in his fifth term as
president. America won the war in Vietnam. And the USA is dangerously
close to nuclear war with Russia.
Welcome to the year 1985, where seedy and
corrupt super heroes are searching for a villain that killed
one of their own.
It's a somber look at a world with no hope,
filled with dazzling special effects based on the Hugo Award-winning
It runs a little too long, but is well
is so faithful to its comic book source that it can't breathe
and becomes bloated, in my view.
The film is too busy, with too much
heavy narrative and is too awkwardly put together for it to achieve
the level of understanding that one can get from reading the
If you haven't read the books, there's
a good chance you'll be lost, confused, and bewildered in this
very violent, complex vigilante movie.