Saturday, July 28, 2012

THE WATCH - alien misadventure

Ben Stiller's new comedy, The Watch, is high concept alien fun but little, if any, substance can be found. Every time I see a trailer for a new Stiller or Vince Vaughn comedy, I always find myself readily anticipating it, only to find myself almost always disappointed and underwhelmed. If you liked Zoolander and Tropic Thunder you will probably like this. I enjoyed those films but felt they suffered from being too ridiculously silly in aspects that could have easily been far more clever. 

The Watch is like Old School; crass humor and dirty jokes run amok with Vaughn and Jonah Hill as their supreme conveyors. The story is a series of set pieces that feature the group of comedians in situations that seem to be conducted in a way that allows for off the cuff and unscripted humor with each person trying to one up the other. The result is mixed with some funny moments but most you will have discerned in the preview. 

The alien narrative is a conflation of Men In Black, Predator and Battleship; vomitous extraterrestrials come to earth to rob us of our skin as a deceiving mechanism and attempt to construct a transmitter to reach their mother ship to come down and destroy us all - a supremely logical scenario. Rather banal at this point. A few laughs to be sure but a movie for a group of dudes after a bender would be rather an apt viewing for this I should think.

Recommended Viewing: Killer Klowns From Outer Space - Barbarella - Alf

              Bob Scale: Objective: 5.5   -   Subjective: 6.2
            MetaCritic: 36
 Rotten Tomatoes: 14
                   IMDB: 5.8

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