Jewish Journal


March 9, 2009

What ‘Watchmen’ says about God



I saw “Watchmen” in IMAX last night and, despite the atrocious reviews, superfluous sex scenes and gratuitous gore—done in only the way “visionary director” Zach Snyder would do—I was thoroughly engrossed by the film. No spoilers here, but it’s safe to say Dr. Manhattan doesn’t save the world and get the girl.

“Watchmen” was not a religious film. In fact, it operated mostly in a parallel reality where God, who Dr. Manhattan believed may have been a lesser being than himself, was either cruel, cold or completely indifferent to the injustice humans exact upon his creation.

“From then on,” the Rorschach character says when recalling the night he butchered a guy who fed a 6-year-old girl to his dogs, “I knew God doesn’t make the world this way. We do.”

Thoughts on “Watchmen,” the God of this dystopian world or Snyder’s need to make Dr. Manhattan anatomically correct are welcomed below.

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