Originally Posted by jmc
Thing with Watchmen is I found the people who really loved the film tended to be people who had read the graphic novel, and as such were filling in the blanks the film left. On it's own merits though it suffers from many of the same issues other Snyder films suffer from. The opening credit sequences was great though.
I hated the graphic novel and didn't finish it but really enjoyed the movie.
The characters worked so much better for me in the film than in the graphic novel.
That being said none of my friends who watched it with me except my son have read the novel and it made perfect sense to them. I think you underestimate even the average movie goer's 2 volt brain personally. ( although I'll admit my friends get SF concepts or they wouldn't be my friends)