My wife was very excited to see The Watch. She was thrilled when it showed up On Demand. So we rented it and within a few minutes, I noticed a perplexed look on her face. Why did this movie begin in space? Then it hit me:
“You do realize this movie is about aliens right?”
I’m pretty sure this is the only trailer she had seen for the movie:
Other trailers did a better job of revealing what was really in store for our heroes but she had no clue. She was a little disappointed at first. Thankfully, my wife also enjoys movies about aliens so we settled in again. When it came to The Watch, I was on the fence. I love the actors involved and the trailers seemed funny but wasn’t that excited to see it. I honestly think that mentality wasn’t justified because I actually enjoyed The Watch quite a bit.
I tend to judge comedies based on their ability to keep the laughs consistent throughout. The Watch isn’t packed with jokes but it is a funny movie and I laughed a lot more than I thought I would.
Once you realize the movie is about aliens the story plays out pretty much as you would expect. Ben Stiller’s character creates a neighborhood watch to find out who killed one of his Costco employees. This leads the 4 leads on a mysterious hunt for an alien. Soon they find themselves right in the middle of a full scale alien invasion.
The Watch won’t win you over with it’s story nor will it won’t win you over with it’s action. The film’s true strength is in the chemistry of the 4 main actors. Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill & Richard Ayoade are a fantastic comedic team. Ayoade especially shines with his subtle humor. Each of them hold their own but they are truly fantastic together.
If you didn’t know the movie was about aliens, chances are you might be a little caught off guard. I actually think they wanted it to be a surprise. It was a risk. For some it will be a welcome twist, for others a disappointment. Regardless there are enough laughs to justify a viewing.