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The Watch Review

The Watch (15)

Reviewed by Rachel Geeson

Score 3.5/5

The Watch is a sci-fi comedy, directed by Akiva Schaffer. The film brings four comedy talents together to form a local crime-fighting team.

Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade play neighbours who form a Neighbourhood Watch group after a friend is murdered. They each join the group for different reasons such as revenge and escape. As more members of the community are brutally murdered, they soon realise their little town of Glenview is the centre of an alien invasion and the battle begins to protect their neighbourhood.

Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn are back to working together and although they work well with each other, their on-screen pairing was better in Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004).

Ben Stiller plays Evan, an overbearing, doing things the right way kind of guy, who loves his life in the small town. Evan manages the local Costco, and seems perfectly happy in his work, until there is tragedy when one of his employees is murdered. To investigate the murder he sets up the neighbourhood watch. Enter Vince Vaughn who plays Bob, the all-drinking, all-playing one of the group, who only stops now and then to keep an eye on his daughter and her youthful social life. Vince Vaughn is on top form in this film, and without him I don’t think the comedy would have been nearly as good as it is. He and Jonah Hill play similar characters to roles we’ve seen them play before in other movies.

Jonah Hill plays Franklin, a reject from the police who is clearly mentally unstable. Hill has got himself a place next to the well-known comedian actors in this film. He keeps the jokes rolling out, always tries to get with the ladies when they’re around and looks up to his “special guy” who is Vince Vaughn’s character.

The last member of the neighbourhood watch is Richard Ayoade who plays Jamarcus. His character is liked from the start and he gives the audience plenty of laughs during the movie. Ayoade is known for playing the technically brilliant but socially awkward Maurice Moss in Channel 4’s The IT Crowd. He makes his high-profile Hollywood acting debut here, and is a great highlight to the film.

There are a few scenes that stand out for me. One short scene that gets the audience laughing is when Stiller and Hill interrogate a rebel teenager after an egg through incident, the screen play that goes on back on forth between them is great. Another funny scene is when the guys are just being “guys” and are messing around at Vaughn’s house taking photos of each other with one of their secret discoveries.

The scenes and arguments between Vaughn and his daughter show stereotypical behavior of an overprotective father trying to look out for his daughter. One scene in particular that stands out is when he internet stalks his daughter and finds something that he doesn’t like causing a confrontation with his “little princess”.

I wasn’t sure what to think of the film once I left the cinema. It is a very funny film and you will enjoy watching it; however I don’t think The Watch is the comedy film of the season.

Why don’t you see for yourself and visit The Dorchester Plaza Cinema and check out The Watch.

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