I am not a fan of Ben Stiller in any sense of the word. There are only 2 movies in his career that I’ve been able to tolerate him in and those are “Dodgeball” and “Meet the Parents”… I absolutely hated “Zoolander”. There’s just something about him that makes me want to punch him in the face with a fist wrapped in glass. That being said, when “The Watch” showed up on my doorstep I was a little put off about having to review it. The trailers actually looked semi-funny, but that was only because of Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade, and to be honest, after seeing the movie, Richard Ayoade is the only one that’s really consistently funny throughout.
Ben Stiller plays Evan, an uptight suburbanite who takes it upon himself to form clubs and groups around town in order to fill a void in his life left by the fact that he can’t have children. After the overnight security guard at the Costco that he manages is murdered, he takes it upon himself to form a neighborhood watch group. Following a pathetic speech at a high school football game, only 3 people show up to join the group, none of which really seem interested in it the way that Evan is. Jonah Hill plays Franklin, an out of shape gun freak that still lives with his mother after multiple failed attempts to join the police force. Vince Vaughn plays Bob, a father of a teenager who just wants to protect her but drink beers and hang out with the guys at the same time. And then Richard Ayoade plays Jamarcus who’s only goal in life is to have his balls sucked on by an asian housewife. It would seem like an enjoyable movie with a decent amount of laughs, but to be honest, if you saw the trailer you’ve seen all the funny parts.
The story takes a weird turn right from the start when it’s discovered that it’s actually aliens that have invaded the small town of Glenview. I stuck with it though because sometimes aliens can be funny… I mean, look at Alf, he eats cats, that’s funny. Sadly, as I said, most of the funny parts were shown to us during the trailers, which leaves the rest of the movie to stomach through. I will say though, the funniest person in the entire film is Ayoade. Without him I probably would have turned this off half way through, he’s definitely the saving grace… if there is one.
In terms of the movie itself, I think it’s pretty obvious that I wasn’t a fan, but if you’re a die hard Ben Stiller or Vince Vaughn fan you may enjoy this. There is a twist at the end, but it was pretty easy to figure it out part way through, but I won’t ruin it. If you have the choice, I would just go back and watch Dodgeball to get your Stiller/Vaughn fix and if you need more of Ayoade I suggest “The IT Crowd”.
Nothing to complain about here, the video and audio on the DVD Screener that was sent to me for review looked and sounded great. Most of the movie takes place at night, but never fear, the night scenes are crystal clear and very well lit so you don’t have to worry about missing anything. I don’t think much will change between the retail DVD and the screener I watched, so no worries here.
Let me preface this again by saying that I was sent a screener copy of The Watch DVD, so I’m not sure if things will change on the retail DVD. Usually they don’t, but I just want to throw this out there.
The special features were just ‘ok’. There’s a handful of deleted scenes that didn’t really add too much to the flick for me and a gag reel that is fun, but no different than your typical gag reel. And if you’re not a fan of Ben Stiller then it’s just kind of annoying. Alien Invasions & You and Casting the Alien round out the special features and give you a little bit more incite on the alien concept itself, but again, nothing to write home about.
If you saw the movie in the theater there’s no reason to buy this one on DVD, unless of course you absolutely loved it. If you didn’t see this one already and really want to check it out for yourself, I would suggest renting it. This is definitely not worth buying as I don’t think there’s much replay value here.
You can pick up “The Watch” on Blu-Ray and DVD on November 13th.