When beloved graphic novel "Watchmen" was reimagined as a movie directed by Zack Snyder, some irate fans, including "Watchmen" comics creator Alan Moore, criticized the movie's depiction of the troubled superheroes.
Leave it to Honest Trailers -- a YouTube series from Screen Junkies that features a classic movie-trailer voiceover but with a narrator who makes fun of films -- to lay down some blunt opinions about the 2009 film.
In a video posted Tuesday, Honest Trailers points out that the Watchmen may have looked pretty, but the movie tried way too hard to squeeze in every plotline from the comics.
"Stare in awe as Snyder's gorgeous shots carry you through an overstuffed plot, where a dense 13-chapter series is crammed into a single movie full of so many story threads it feels like marathoning an entire season of 'Lost' -- at the same time," the Honest Trailers narrator says.
Honest Trailers also offers a rather accurate description of the main anti-hero character, Rorschach. "Experience Jackie Earle Haley's spot-on performance as a smelly hobo who hates hands," the narrator says.
This brutal review makes even more sense when you realize how often Snyder uses the same cinematic tropes in all of his movies, from "Watchmen" all the way to his most recent DC Comics film "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." After all, if Synder plans on always using rain, Jesus allegories, sex, graphic violence, destruction of a major city and apocalyptic dream sequences, Honest Trailers will be there to offer cutting commentary.