Thursday, Aug. 02, 2012
The Big Screen: 'The Watch' goes completely beyond logic
Every once in a while a film comes along that brings together a talented crew of actors.
"The Watch," written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, brings together rising comedian Jonah Hill, seasoned stars Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, and British import Richard Ayoade.
We expect a lot from such a foursome, especially when they're being led by the writing team that brought us "Superbad" and "Pineapple Express." The crew makes plenty of jokes, but fails to expand much further.
The error is in a story that goes completely beyond logic. Evan (played by Stiller) is a faithful Costco manager, a goodie-goodie with his eye on a promotion. Things get weird when one of the security guards dies in unexplainable circum- stances. The culprits? Extraterrestrials.
Looking to bring back some calm to the neighborhood, Evan tries to put together a watch group. Only Bob, Franklin and Jamarcus show up. Bob (Vaughn) is a good dad but a complete party boy. Franklin wanted to be a cop but didn't pass the exam and is looking to prove himself. Jamarcus (Ayoade) is recently divorced and on the prowl for a few rebounds.
They spend more time harassing neighbors while drinking and driving than they do watching the neighborhood.
During one of these supposed patrols, they stumble on a severed tentacle, lots of slime and a ball that shoots out an explosive laser.
Alien murderers is a wacky concept, but instead of getting weird with the idea, Rogen and Goldberg produce a frightening amount of phallic jokes, among others, about Costco. The jokes don't take off too much from there.
Some of the funniest scenes come from the unknown of the bunch, Richard Ayoade. He steals scenes as the subtler, more charming Brit among this merry band of misfits. There is also a typical bumbling scene by Vaughn; his wife desperately wants children and he does, too, but he keeps shooting blanks, kind of like the movie.