A typical American comedy following the quest of a local neighbourhood watch in eradicating the evil alien invasion that threatens the existence of Earth. With an all-star comical cast, with the likes of Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, it would be to no surprise if you came out of the theatre chuckling at the wacky goings on. Unlike Stiller’s last Comedy, Tower Heist, which fell short of any laughs and instead acted as a laborious robbery of our money, The Watch is mostly amusing.
British actor Richard Ayoade (I.T Crowd) makes a delightful appearance alongside Jonah Hill (Superbad) as part of the crime solving quartet. Such a cast can only mean one thing. A lot of trouble. The mixed personalities ignite many a conflict while producing many a laugh and Stiller is rightfully cast as the straight up sensible protagonist, while the others surrounding him manufacture the humour.
‘The Watch’ does have its downfalls. The poorly executed sub plot regarding Stiller’s infertility is uninteresting, while the few plot questions raised and twists are arguably obvious. An phenomenal cast simply can’t drive a film to success. The script is funny, but there are apparent problems with it; mainly the relationship developments between the cast members. A common trait in American Comedy blockbusters it seems in this day and age.
‘The Watch’ is not an essential to your personal film roster, however a captivating, easy-going cinema experience that will tide you over.