In one of my English Composition classes, I learned the difference between an open and closed text. In a closed text-the meaning and interpretation are given to you. In an open text, it is up to you to interpret the subject and give it your own unique definition. In my opinion, The Watchmen was an open text. There was a lot more story hidden beneath the original plot and dialogue.
The soundtrack was perhaps my favorite part (after the sex scene).
The Nat King Cole, Jimi Hendrix, Billie Holiday, and Bob Dylan added an unseen element to the entire movie. There's a song that plays entitled "99 Red Balloons". Everyone has heard this song but don't understand its content...
The guitarist was at a concert in Berlin, and noticed that balloons were being released. They shifted and changed shapes, and looked like a strange UFO. He thought about what might happen if they floated over the Berlin Wall. This song tells a story of 99 balloons floating into the air, triggering an apocalyptic overreaction by military forces.
"The war machine springs to life Opens up one eager eye Focusing it on the sky 99 red balloons go by"
There was also the scene where The Comedian assassinates Presidnet JFK in Dallas, Texas. The scene was quick and thus overlooked. JFK was a huge figure in America and there are many theories which prove who and where the assassin was. Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested on charges of the murder of a local police officer and was subsequently charged with the assassination of Kennedy. He denied shooting anyone, claiming he was a patsy, but was killed by Jack Ruby on November 24, before he could be indicted or tried.
"Rorschach's Journal. October 12th, 1985: Dog carcass in alley this morning, tire tread on burst stomach. This city is afraid of me. I have seen its true face. The streets are extended gutters and the gutters are full of blood and when the drains finally scab over, all the vermin will drown. The accumulated filth of all their sex and murder will foam up about their waists and all the whores and politicians will look up and shout "Save us!"... and I'll whisper "no." "
This exaggerated metaphor is RAW. I look at this quote as a reference to our own times where we are in a recession due to greed and poor management and living beyond our means. It's like a gang member that holds his block down no matter what yet fears to be sent to Iraq and fight on some real shit. Let me break it down even more; A dog is mans bestfriend which represents the Good and for it to be killed in such a reckless manner proves the presence of the Bad and it is the former which prevails in the end with the latter begging for mercy.
Rorshach's name comes from the method of psychological evaluation by using inkblots.
This movie fits in right along with 7 Pounds, another open text.