Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Jason versus The Watch

The Watch features some of the biggest names in comedy working a script by screenwriting duo Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, a couple of the funniest writers in Hollywood. Sounds like a slam dunk doesn't it? Then why was the flick ignored during last summer's box office bonanza?

Four men who form a neighborhood watch group as a way to get out of their day-to-day family routines find themselves defending the Earth from an alien invasion.

Two things seemed to work against The Watch. For one, the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin by a neighbourhood watch member in Florida. Then there's the crude humour, which mainstream audiences were turned off by.

Too bad, as The Watch is pretty fucking funny. Sure, it's vulgar and offensive, but these sequences are the ones I laughed the hardest at. If that makes me an asshole, fine. Sue me. Funny is funny. Truth is, there's nothing worse here than in most Judd Apatow movies, only this film lacks the "sweetness" Apatow brings to his film. I dug that too.

The cast makes the movie. I haven't enjoyed Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn this much in a long time. Yes, they're doing their schtick, but it works here. Jonah Hill? The man is bad to the ass. Loved the scene where he fingers his mom as he barges into his house to collect the guns hidden under his bed.

It makes sense when you watch it. Trust me.

But big fucking kudos go to Richard Ayoade, who rocked it in the British sitcom The IT Crowd and continues to rock it here. The man's got perfect comedic timing and a quirky personality. Cool.

As for the alien invasion plot? Attack the Block tells a similar story better, but it's fine. There's some gore, humour and shit blows up. That's all I want on a Friday night.

I'm giving this underrated bad boy a Good. I might regret it later, but that's how I gotta swing.
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