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Worth “The Watch”

August 22, 2012

The Watch 

Release Date: 27th August 2012 (UK)

After seeing the trailer for this film, I was instantly intrigued by its star cast. Giving the impression of a comedy about your average neighbourhood watch, I also didn’t feel it was necessary to read any kind of synopsis, but little did I know, there would be much more to this film than first meets the eye. Starring comedy kings Ben Stiller (Zoolander), Vince Vaughn (Dodgeball), Jonah Hill (21 Jump Street) and British brilliance, Richard Ayoade (The IT Crowd), I rate this film highly on it’s cast alone.

The film opens with the corny voice over of Stiller and focuses on a man, Evan, who is just trying to make a difference within his community. After the mysterious death of one of his work colleagues, Evan feels obligated to find the killer, so he takes the responsibility of starting a neighbourhood watch. As the story unfolds, there may be more going on in their little suburban town than they first thought.

You can’t expect anything less than a good laugh as the script shows a understated yet blatant humour that you can only truly understand if you have seen any of these actors in previous roles. The plot still has an element of drama and even fear, which gives this American film a sense of British subtlety. The story is paced evenly so that it doesn’t feel too rushed but doesn’t drag. Moments of sudden action make this film not only funny but also exciting.

A combination of profanity, nudity and explosions makes this a boys film to watch before the summer is over. Each actor plays to their strengths, Vaughn talks in a sarcastically rushed pace; Hill has a childlike essence but his innocence as a character adds humour; Ayoade has definitely not dismissed his slightly awkward nerdy personality; and not forgetting Stiller with his confident lead role substance that makes this a combination of characters worth putting together.

With slightly racial aspects but also obvious vulgar humour, this film has everything it needs to be worth The Watch.

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