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The Watch (2012)

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2/10: Disappointing, disjointed and totally lacking...
Sunday, July 29, 2012

Disappointing, disjointed and totally lacking in humor I have never claimed to be a screenwriter (nor would I even try to be), but it seems to me that if "The Watch" had just been about a group of goofy, inept, over-the-top neighborhood watchmen, then it could have been a much tighter, coherent and interesting endeavor. Under the eye of director Akiva Schaffer ("Hot Rod") and penmanship of writers Jared Stern, Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, however, the film is badly-managed and all over the map — thematically speaking. I use "writing" loosely, though, since much of the dialogue was ad-libbed by leads Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn, and the undisciplined approach certainly shows with these vulgar and stilted performances.Adding murder, mutilation, orgies and an ill-conceived alien invasion just shows the desperation (and bloated budget) the cast and crew were forced to work with. Never has the phrase "less is more" been so sorely needed in...

7/10: Well, I had a good...
Friday, August 17, 2012

Well, I had a good time with it! For me, this movie is a clear sign that some film-makers still care about making a good comedy. The movie is not just simple, cheap, predictable laughs, it actually is being one that relies on its story development and character buildup.No, I'm not saying that this is a very clever or brilliantly written and made movie but I definitely prefer the approach of this movie above that of the average and more standard modern comedy. This is being a somewhat more subtle movie with all of its comedy and how it got incorporated into the movie.Thing that made this movie especially great and fun to watch for me were its characters. The movie truly is mostly about its characters and their interactions with each other. All of the actors play quite well off each other and manage to give their characters some distinctive and enjoyable personalities. Really, without...

1/10: Somebody Kill Me! I got...
Monday, December 3, 2012

Somebody Kill Me! I got about 20 minutes into this... this dreadful, tiresome, mind numbing, "comedy" and that was all I could take. I tried to find humour in Ben Stiller's performance but I'm sorry, I'm not 10 years old and don't do dope or take drugs of any kind. I just don't find Ben Stiller funny in any of his films though I bet there are any number of people behind the camera laughing at his every wide eyed attempt at ironic humour, his manager, his agent, his psychiatrist etc. Frankly, I don't think even he gets it. His idea of comedy died with the Three Stooges. Only Phil Silvers can carry off being Phil Silvers (even Steve Martin must be aware of that by now) know what I mean. Be original! The first rule of comedy is IT HAS TO BE FUNNY! It wasn't. I'd like to see Stiller in...

10/10: Throbbing Ironically From my perspective...
Friday, February 12, 2021

Throbbing Ironically From my perspective, we are living in a time where well crafted movie with a myriad of originality and detail are unfortunately being released at a frequently declining rate. Because of this, many in the film community are constantly on the lookout for something new and creative. So naturally, when a comedy flick like The Watch premiered, a movie that boasts morbidly unique twists on the popular but overused comedy genre, it gains a lot of popularity and is generally well received in the movie snobs community. However just because something is innovative doesn't mean that it is a good movie overall. No, there are other characteristics, such as a detailed plot and a well developed character, that can elevate a movie from being simply different to something great. So is The Watch a great comedy flick? I honestly believe that it is.And not just because there's a totally badass, funny Ben Stiller in it...

8/10: The revival of comedy 'The...
Saturday, September 22, 2012

The revival of comedy 'The Watch' really surprised me because Ben Stiller films can be a hit or a miss, this one was a hit. Usually his best performances are the ones where he ridicules himself (Tropic Thunder and Dodgeball being good examples), his other films can be funny but you always find yourself comparing them to the two other films I just mentioned. The script was pretty much Men In Black but for a slightly older audience; there was a lot more comedic gore and vulgarity here but it worked well. The jokes were really funny, the various sequences worked well and the film genuinely made me laugh. The performances are probably what made this film so funny. Vince Vaughn really surprised me as it's been a while since I've seen perform as well as he does here. Both he and Jonah Hill definitely give the best performances in the film. Jonah Hill is really funny here...

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