I still haven't seen the Watchmen flick. I basically just hate going to the movies because it's such a big ordeal (or I just make it out to be one). It's also entirely possible that I'm just a grump.
Well Shaun I saw the Watchmen movie knowing nothing about it and I've been frothing to read it ever since! I thought it was a really great movie... as far as it's clarity with the graphic novel I can't say, but I know as a standalone it was amazing. And not difficult to follow at all which I heard was a major complaint. Visually stunning and compelling, and I thought the actors chosen to play the characters was spot on.
Also... I don't think you're a grump. Another problem with movies in the theater is that they are so expensive!