The Watch Reviews
Nate's Grade: C-
Franklin: I'm also interested in that happening to me.
The Watch is a raunchy, somewhat funny film. It's not as funny as I was hoping it would be, but still funny enough. I think Richard, Vince, and Jonah were what made this. Ben was just there. Will Forte as Sergeant Bressman was really odd and funny. Billy Crudup did creepy quite well. He weirded me out. The movie is a lot of fun. But I wish there was more going on. It just needed some more funny action scenes. I like the whole bit with bob and his daughter. Franklin was my favorite. He's a little bit crazy. Not a bad comedy. I would watch it again."
This is one of those films that is split, it starts off really well with Stiller doing what he does best which is a parody of sorts. The warm cozy suburban life of Stiller's character is both amusing and easily the best section of the whole film. Add to the fray the always funny and shameless Vaughn whose brash loud outbursts can be hilariously awkward to watch, a loose cannon of comedy.
Hill boosts the fun factor more with his slightly psychotic wildcard of a character that lives with his mother, nice twist. All together they are a great trio, not too original in creativity character wise as we've seen them do this before but fun none the less. The last dude played by Ayoade tends to stick out like a sore thumb really, I know that's the idea but he never really fits in, he's just...there. Never heard of the actor either, maybe they should of used Carell or Rogen.
So the early sequences which show the guys doing their regular stuff is cool, there is a nice eerie feel to it which kinda reminded me of 'The Burbs'. It all goes down hill once the alien factor turns up and pretty much ruins everything. We go from a kooky neighbourhood type flick to a daft 'MIB' type romp and it just doesn't fit right if you ask me.
The whole alien invasion thing isn't funny nor is it good enough to be classed as an 'action romp', its just weak. It could of been so much better if they used the creepy neighbour's route despite that being a rip of the film I mentioned. The film is also unnecessarily vulgar with a lot of swearing that just isn't needed, swearing won't make the film funnier guys. Even the films original poster looked like something from 'District 9'.
Effects are satisfactory with your stupid looking flashy CGI laser beams and plastic looking aliens with obligatory tentacles. Gets stupider towards the end as it completely turns into a different kind of beast...such a waste. Overall the flight didn't effect how disappointed I was with this, could of been so damn good.
This is no new Paul or Galaxy Quest, however. More like an American take on Attack the Block, but without the niftiness and innovation. That isn't to say I didn't enjoy it, because overall, it's reasonably fun. It just isn't the type of sci-fi romp that leaves a desire for repeated viewings. Ergo, my early predictions proved rather accurate.
The whole escapade takes off when CostCo manager Evan - that's right: expect no subtlety as far as what financed this film - is faced with the gruesome death of a colleague who is mysteriously offed during his night shift. Spooked by the event, Evan decides to put together a neighborhood watch, rallying up some local enthusiasts for the cause (read: vigilante-aspiring nitwits), who - as you may surely imagine - are in it for all the wrong reasons.
Patrolling the vicinity, acting all gangsta with their newfound pseudo-authority, they come upon the discovery that malevolent extra-terrestials have infiltrated their suburban community. Now they must save the world from a pending invasion, all the while juggling some family issues that show signs of apparent contrivance. Squeezed in by formula, not so much by ambition. In fact, it's but a foot note in a movie that prides itself more in its penis gags.
Ben Stiller gives the standard issue, phoned-in performance. Jonah Hill (whom I'm normally a fan of) is mostly just weird, having put on a few pounds again since his role in 21 Jump Street. And Vince Vaughn, well, he doesn't look like he got any sleep before the shooting of this either. New to the posse is comedy actor Richard Ayoade, who makes his Hollywood debut here as Jamarcus. American audiences are probably unfamiliar with him, but those who have seen the British sitcom "The IT Crowd" know what a hilarious guy he is. Sadly though, due to the second-rate writing, he didn't really get to show what he's made of here.
That, in turn, leads me to the next point. I didn't expect this film to have engaging dialogue, but with a script penned by Seth Rogen and Evan "Superbad" Goldberg, you'd think it'd be a little funnier. The cast really seems to enjoy themselves, but it seldom made me laugh or even snicker. If Michael Bay had a private library (not likely, but assume he does for the sake of argument), this is surely inspired from his manual of "Alien invasion comedies for dummies".
Aside from the distinct impressions of a hack job, at least it never bored me though. Very uneven and pedestrian, but the chemistry between the cast made it all worthwhile. So with Ted being the best comedy of the year so far and That's My Boy being the worst, The Watch stations itself as somewhat of a middle feature. Out of the "suck zone" but not in the "wow section" either. Unless Vince Vaughn peeing in a soda can constitutes hilarity to you. Then you're probably going to have a blast with this.
Good fun movie! The script was pretty much Men In Black but for a slightly older audience; there was a lot more comedic gore and vulgarity here but it worked well. The jokes were really funny, the various sequences worked well and the film genuinely made me laugh. Overall, 'The Watch' is really funny and may signify the revival of Hollywood comedy that '21 Jump Street' hinted towards. I really hope more films as funny as this come out because this has shown that it is still possible to make hilarious pictures.
Four everyday suburban guys come together as an excuse to escape their humdrum lives one night a week. But when they accidentally discover that their town has become overrun with aliens posing as ordinary suburbanites, they have no choice but to save their neighborhood - and the world - from total extermination.