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An Average Watch
The Watch (DVD)
Member Name: Essexgirl2006
The Watch (DVD)
Advantages: Good cast, some amusing mements
Disadvantages: Didn't fulfill its potential
Film Only Review
It was the weekend and the weather was a bit dodgy. My friend and I decided to go to the cinema, but not knowing what was on we decided just to turn up and wing it, depending on the times available. We had a shortlist of choices, none of which either of us were that bothered about. In the end we plumped for The Watch, without knowing anything about it. I got to make the final choice, so apparently it is my fault...
The reason I picked the film was because of the cast. Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughan have starred in some funny films in their time (admittedly they have also been in some poor ones, but I wasn't thinking about that). They are joined by Jonah Hill (Superbad) and Richard Ayoade, who I used to enjoy watching in the British sitcom, The IT Crowd. The film is written by Seth Rogen, Jared Stern and Evan Goldburg so we expected a few laughs.
Evan (Ben Miller) is the manager of the local Costco in his suburban home town. One night his security guard is brutally killed and Evan is very upset, especially as the police seen fairly inept. He decides to set up a Neighbourhood Watch group and three other guys sign up. Bob (Vince Vaughan) who spends his time worrying about his teenage daughter whilst his wife is away for work and Franklin (Jonah Hill) who lives with his mum and collects guns are local men. Jemarcus (Richard Ayoade) is a divorced Brit who wants to get involved with the local community and rescue lonely (and grateful) housewives.
It doesn't take our hapless heroes long to realise that they are dealing with aliens (yawn) who are trying to destroy the town and kill people. Naturally no one takes them seriously, so they are on their own trying to track them down. This does allow for some amusing moments, but silly, visual laughs then clever one-liners, which is surprising for a dialogue heavy film. For me the funniest bit came towards the end, and I can't say it really generated a belly laugh, more a smile.
Cast wise, each of the four members play to type, do what they are supposed to do, and what we expect them to do, as seen in the majority of films they have been in. Ben Stiller plays the straight man, Vince Vaughan the loud one, Jonah Hill the gung-ho one and Richard Ayoade the awkward Brit (who was probably the best of the lot). I can't fault any performances per se, but I don't think any of the leads were challenged in their roles.
I think if I had known the premise of the film before I started I don't think I would have gone to see it. I suppose you would classify it as a comedy-sci-fi-bromance, but there isn't really enough of each genre to be sure, and it all seems to be a bit of nothingness. I think, given the calibre of the cast and the writers, I had every right to expect something a bit 'more' and intimately was disappointed. This isn't anybody's best work and I recommend watching it when it comes on TV if you want to watch it at all.
The film has a 15 certificate mainly for language and some spoof violence.
Summary: An average film