Starring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade
Directed by Akiva Schaffer
IMDB Rating: 5.7
A stellar class rule over this sci-fi comedy, and while they may be funny people, this might not be the funniest movie.
The Watch stars Stiller as Evan, the general manager of Costco in Glenview, Ohio. A major part of the local community, and a serial club-maker, he takes it upon himself to do something about the murder of his overnight security guard. He invites locals to be part of a ‘Neighbourhood Watch’, however only three people turn up – ‘one of the guys’ Bob (Vaughn), failed police-wannabe Franklin (Hill) and divorced Brit Jamarcus (Ayoade). As the four of them look for the night guards killer, they uncover plans for an alien invasion.
This really isn’t one of the best silly stories I’ve ever seen. Alien invasion has been done so many times in so many different formats, that this film comes across as cliché before you’ve even seen anything, and that feeling sticks from beginning to end. That being said, there is the occasional funny moment between the four stars, but with the quality on show that was impossible to stop happening, regardless of what film they were in.
Out of all the performances in this film, I was the most impressed by Vince Vaughn. I’ve never really been a fan of him, maybe harshly, but he is definitely the funniest man in this film by a fair while. Stiller and Hill are both solid in this film, but it’s not like some of their best comedy films (aka Zoolander, Jump Street), probably down to the film being less good as a whole. Ayoade was okay, but I didn’t find him very funny. I guess he played the stereotypical Brit that appeals to the American viewer more than the English one!
The directing in this film was okay, but nothing really stand-out. I keep saying this but it is true, in these types of films the directing doesn’t have the same importance or capabilities it does in other movies, and for that reason the directing is usually fairly simple-minded.
Overall, this is a comedy that could have been a lot funnier than this. With the cast in the film, and the successful writers that made this, including Seth Rogen, this had the potential to be one of the best comedies this decade! Instead, it comes across as something they made in a month when they found out they all had the same month off. An easy film, but nothing special.
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