The Watch struggles to hold up as the sci-fi film that was advertised, but a great cast and vulgar humor keeps the movie a worthwhile, fun experience. The film follows along familiar plot arcs and is pretty predictable but fans of blunt raunchy humor will enjoy themselves. The cast was there but the movie never quite reaches it’s full potential and therefore will end up being a passable movie for most viewers.
The Watch was a movie whose marketing completely went by undetected for me. I knew the movie existed, and I knew it featured a pretty good cast, but the movie never took a significant hold on me. However, I still made my way down to the theaters and got to check out The Watch. Although other critics haven’t viewed The Watch favorably, I was still pleasantly surprised.
Going into The Watch I was expecting the movie to be a more comedy driven Men in Black. The movie seems to lose focus a lot and never really reaches this expectation, which comes out to be one of my main complaints. The trailer sets the movie up as a gang of misguided citizens banding together to defend their city against aliens. However, the aliens end up taking a back seat in this narrative. Which is a shame because the character design for the aliens were actually decent and ended up being animated pretty great. I would have like to have seen a more alien focused movie but instead we got a movie that focused on the personal lives of a group of men.
The movie features vulgar jokes, much akin to that of 21 Jump Street. However, The Watch doesn’t quite reach the cleverness or the wittiness of 21 Jump Street. It does have its moments and definitely delivers as a fun movie. Now speaking a little off topic, I always grapple with whether or not the marketing should be taken into consideration when it comes to reviewing movies, especially as of late when trailers show you nearly all of the movie. Another one of my complaints deals with the fact that a lot of great moments are shown in the trailer. It takes me out of the movie when I find myself thinking, back to having already seen it in a trailer.
Although it’s a comedy, the movie feels very predictable and seemed to cruise along on familiar tracks. I wasn’t look for twists or turns but the plot arcs are very cliché and I can see where it may get boring for some viewers. There are a few plot directions that the movie took that could have been set up more, or others that felt extremely forced.
Of course, the main anchor for this movie is no doubt its great cast. Featuring Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, and Richard Ayoade, the chemistry of the cast creates an ensemble worth watching. Personally Ayoade was a standout for me despite his lack of shared screen time. It’s not so much a detraction of the movie so much as it is me wanting to see more of him. I would have like to see this movie taken a bigger chance with Ayoade and given him more screen time because his humor and timing was fantastic. He had a very subtle way of delivering jokes and I thought they could have done more with him. A very minor complaint of mine would be a lot of similarities between Jonah Hill’s character in The Watch, and his character in 21 Jump Street. It’s not that bad of thing, seeing as how I really loved 21 Jump Street, but I know he’s talented enough to do a more wider range of characters.
Overall, I enjoyed The Watch, despite all its faults. The movie features a great final act that is a satisfying payoff for the movie. If anything, The Watch feels like a hollow shell of a movie that could have been more, or even potentially spawn of future sequels, but it never quite reaches the type of caliber. That being said, I enjoyed it enough to be willing to give the crew another go around with The Watch should this movie end up making enough to warrant a sequel.
The Watch struggles to hold up as a sci-fi film that was advertised, but a great cast and vulgar humor keeps the movie a worthwhile, fun experience. The film follows along familiar plot arcs and is pretty predictable but fans of blunt raunchy humor will enjoy themselves. The cast was there but the movie never quite reaches it’s full potential and therefore will end up being a passable movie for most viewers.
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