The Watch review

Director:
Akiva Schaffer
Cast:
Ben Stiller
Vince Vaughn
Jonah Hill
Richard Ayoade
Rated: R

We’ve now had movies on Mall Cops and Neighborhood Watches, I’m kind of curious as to what’s next.

“The Watch” follows the story of Evan (Stiller), a man who lives a relatively peaceful life in a calm neighborhood. He’s part of many local clubs and is a manager at the town’s Costco. One night however the community is shaken one day as one of Evan’s friends who work at Costco is murdered.

This leads Evan to form a local Neighborhood Watch to find the killer and protect other citizens. Unfortunately the recruits he gets for the crew aren’t exactly the best. The only people that join are a young man that failed out of police academy named Franklin (Hill), a guy who doesn’t take many things seriously in Bob (Vaughn) and an awkward new resident to the town who wants to help out in Jamarcus (Ayoade). However the four have to learn to work together as they find out that their town is under a threat of an alien attack.

“The Watch” does not have much depth what so ever in its story. It’s a silly concept, however, the way the film keeps a fast pace allows it to keep from getting boring, for the most part. There is a subplot though, which deals with Evan and his wife, which doesn’t add much at all to the film and could have probably been written out of the movie altogether.

Usually what brings comedies together are the actors and the characters. Unfortunately here there didn’t appear to be any chemistry between the actors, there were more than a few scenes that seemed a bit forced. However this is partially made up for by the comedic timing of all these actors and there were some good funny lines for them to deliver. In fact the younger actors were the better of the four stars as Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade had the most funniest moments.

The writing in the film was okay, there were some good lines and gags that gave good laughs. However a lot of the time it just felt like all of it could be a lot stronger. I would have liked if some of the jokes had a bit more wit instead of going more into the gross out humor area.

Overall, “The Watch” is a very average comedy. The actors know what they’re doing and are able to provide some laughs, however they are not constant and it feels like the film could have been much stronger humor wise than it was. High 2 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, and I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2009 graduate of Rainy River College and a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University in Moorhead. At MSU, I studied journalism and film. Outside of movies, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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