REVIEW: THE WATCH
SYNOPSIS: Four everyday suburban guys come together to form a neighborhood watch group, but only 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.
On paper, this movie would seem to be really good. Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade teaming up to do a comedy flick with a funny premise, gun play, and aliens; what can be better? Well thatís what I thought. The film will make you laugh a few times and it will entertain you enough but itís not as good as it would seem on paper. My most important piece of advice regarding this movie is, if you decide to see it, donít go into it with high expectations. Even though itís got an interesting plot for a comedy (neighborhood watch vs. aliens), it seems like a cookie cutter comedy. Ben practically phoned in his role and Vince about half of his. Jonah was a little more tuned-in, and not-so-popular-on-the-big-screen Richard helped keep the movie afloat. There was too much corniness, predictability, and clichť. The story has so much potential but the comedy just didnít seem that fresh. For example, a movie that comes to mind comparatively is Paul and that one is much funnier and overall better. It does have its share of raunchiness, WTF moments, and actor solos (moments in the film where it seems the director lets them each do their own little routine). It just wasnít enough to take it to great comedy status. You know what I mean, there are okay comedies, good comedies, and great comedies. This one falls in the good category while I was expecting it to be a great comedy, or at least on paper it seemed so. Paper seems to be the theme of this review. But please, letís save the trees.
The characters in this film were as diverse as you would hope. We have a control freak, a party animal, an airheaded militant police force reject, and a strange dude. Putting these guys together made for some good comedy, I must admit. Unfortunately, itís difficult for the viewer to make a connection with any of them. By the way, the party animal character, played by Vince Vaughn, has one killer man cave. There was a particular character that caught me off guard mostly because of who was playing it. Billy Crudup plays a bizarre character unlike anything you could imagine him doing. And then there are the aliens who are grotesque enough and intimidating enough, but the best part about them, comically speaking of course, is their weakness. Of course Iím not going to tell you what it is . . . what were you thinking? Director Akiva Schaffer has done a lot of TV work both writing and directing, a good portion of which is for SNL. This is his second major motion picture direction so hey, not bad. His first one was Hot Rod with Andy Samberg which was a very wacky comedy which I actually prefer over this one. But then again, I have a strange, open sense of humor. Regardless, I can still tell you to not expect too much out of this film.
By Cine Marcos
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