I went to see Watchmen today. I thought it was brilliant. It's the best superhero film I've ever seen (I don't really like them usually). I have a physical feeling of being a bit shaky, and teeth chattery, so I know it must have affected me. I have been avoiding reading people's reviews up to now, and I suppose I will read intelligent reviews, which I will find it hard to argue against, saying things that are wrong with it. However, I thought it captured the magic. It is true that means it is quite pretentious, but that doesn't bother me.
I love the characters, and I love the structure of the book, and I think this move retains both of them. Particularly I thought the actors who played Rorschach and The Comedian were good. I didn't think any of them were bad. But really - get Rorschach and you've got the film I think.
I liked it better than The Dark Knight. I thought it was more complete and satisfying.