Going into a movie with no expectations is always a very interesting thing to do. There are no expectations to let down and no expectations to build up. This is how I went into the film The Watch. I knew the basic plot of the film and I knew the people that starred in it but I didn’t walk into the theater as knowledgeable about the film as I normally do. Normally when entering a theater I have read multiple reviews and articles about the film I was about to see but somehow, the Watch escaped my leisure reading. After seeing the film I have to say, I really enjoyed it.
Some of my favorite comedy films are films that take a classic, fairly serious film plot and add humor to it. Rereading that sentence makes me realize how muddled it is so how about I shed some light by providing examples. Two of my favorite comedies are films like Zombieland or Shaun of the Dead, films that take the classic zombie genre and add constant comedy to it. What makes these films so good is the commitment, the commitment the films make to their zombie and comedy aspects. The films are as much a zombie movie as they are a comedy movies, staying as true as they can to both genres at the same time. The humor and enjoyment I found in the Watch reminded me of what I felt when I first watched Zombieland or Shaun of the Dead. I always get so impressed when a film can successful combine two genres, like zombies and humor or in this case aliens and humor. I will admit, that as far as an alien movie goes, the Watch was a little light on classic alien componets but they were close enough. It couldn’t stand as an alien movie if the humor were taken out but it still contained monstrous aliens, brutal murders, fight scenes, explosive high tech weapons, plans of invasion and yes, even body snatching.
The first alien murder, which takes place in a Costco (as do many scenes in the film), serves as the catalyst for the entire film. Manager of the Costco and friend of the deceased, Evan (Ben Stiller) is not pleased with the way that the police are handling the situation. Community involvement fanatic, Even takes it upon himself to form the Glenview Community Watch. In a suburb of many, only three other men respond to Evan’s idea: wanna-be-bro Bob (Vince Vaughn), hostile police academy reject Franklin (Jonah Hill) and the friendly new-in-town Brit Jamarcus (Richard Ayoade). When the three new members want to turn the club into an excuse to get drunk every week, Evan forces them to investigate the unsolved murder and they quickly find themselves in the middle of an alien invasion.
The film features both non-stop humor and a number of different humorous action scenes. Banter reigns king in this comedy as characters take thirty seconds away from the plot to have thirty-second banters where jokes are fired at a nonstop pace. The humor is raunchy, I won’t try to classify it as anything else, so if that’s in your wheelhouse then this film will not disappoint. The four main characters develop an almost effortless chemistry with one another, each forming their own hilarious characters that play off one another perfectly. The action sequences in the film are also very entertaining. The Neighboorhood Watch find an alien orb that fires rays of destruction (which they make sure to have plenty of practice with), they capture what they think to be a dead alien and eventually encounter and battle an alien hive.
This film was a very fun movie to watch, keeping me and those I saw (two rainbowchair writers among them, Orangechair and Rainbowchair) laughing from start to end. I give this film a 7 out of 10. In my opinion, any movie about aliens, whether it is a comedy or not, is worth springing for the theater price just to see those monstrous invaders on the big screen. Raunchily hilarious, this film shouldn’t disappoint you, even if you walk in with some larger than average expectations.