When seeing a trailer for The Watch you kind of have to assume it sucks. This movie unfortunately started on my bad side. I looked at the cast for the movie and felt like they were stretching right off the back. Honestly, this movie rides on Ben Stiller’s back and it is his fault that it fails. I am getting this over in the opening paragraph. This movie sucks.
It’s got a great cast, an interesting setup, and some hilarious dialogue and space aliens. The Watch is stocked with immature humor, gross-out gags and crass conversations as one would expect, but once the otherworldly visitors appear, it simply doesn’t gel. The Watch is a confusing mess of genres, delving into comedy, horror (with bloody violence and slimy monstrosities), drama, romance (of the light-hearted kind), and action/adventure (bizarrely fixating on slow-motion shootouts). At times, even when it’s just comedic, it switches between slapstick, situational, dialogue-driven, teen-oriented, and raunchy. It never knows what it wants to be.
Along the way there are also several pointless subplots in “The Watch,” one including Bob’s slutty daughter, Chelsea (Erin Moriarty) and her sexcapades, as well as Evan’s low sperm count; neither of which is even remotely interesting or humorous. ??Lame supporting characters include Will Forte (“MacGruber”) as the disbelieving town cop, and Rosemarie DeWitt (“Your Sister’s Sister“), as Evan’s nondescript wife. Then, the final conflict takes place at the Costco store and, like the rest of the enterprise is boring, confusing and nowhere near comedic at it needed to be.
Tackling the classic scenario of a common, quiet little suburb becoming immersed in extraordinary occurrences (with a few central roles being the only ones aware of the situation), The Watch borrows too heavily from previously established film premises. What’s worse is the promising ensemble cast, which looks good on paper but results in disinterest. Stiller is once again the straight man, insistent on doing his job; Vaughn is the loud-mouthed instigator; and Hill is the kooky oddball, spouting most of the off-the-wall comments and revealing his life to be the least matured.
This is easily, one of the worst films of the year. From the people who wrote the brilliant but foul-mouthed teen film ‘Superbad‘ (Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg along with Jared Stern), you can’t help but expect better. Perhaps I was just not in the mood, but it soon became so pointless.
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Ratings are based on a 5-star scale
Overall: One Ben Still Should Stop Acting out of 5
Review by Bro’ B – Ben
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