September 21, 2012

The Watch - AMC Empire 25

Erica: We kept putting off seeing this movie, even content with seeing it on DVD, but yesterday we decided to go and see this movie. It's not that I didn't want to see it, I just didn't want to see it enough to rush out the theater. Mike and I have been obsessively watching the British TV show The IT Crowd lately so maybe being that one its stars Richard Ayoade was in this movie, we decided to see it...we should have just stayed at home. This movie was not funny, it really made absolutely no sense and is one of those unnecessary movies. I am not a fan of Ben Stiller or Vince Vaughn, but even if I was, I am still not sure if I would have liked this movie. I understand the bad publicity surrounding a murder involving a neighborhood watch may have played a role in this movie not doing well. It did not, however, play a part in the movie's awfulness. It is essentially 4 people who want to get away from their lives/families/ or lack thereof and need something to do. Ben Stiller is the leader and organizer of the group (if there was ever a group with Ben Stiller as the leader, run away). I think the most 'comic relief', if you can even call it that, comes from Hill and Ayoade. I say this movie is a definite pass and if you must see this movie, watch it at home, on cable, when it's free.

Mike: For some reason, six weeks after it opened (and bombed), AMC Empire was still showing The Watch a couple times a day. How it survived so long is beyond me. There were two other people in the audience for this 10:15 a.m. weekend showing. At times I felt like I was watching a movie from 2 or 3 years ago - only the mention of 2012 at one point in the film reminded me that I was watching something new that came out this year. Perhaps I was in this odd mindset because the humor in The Watch seems incredibly dated.
While it's not a terrible time waster, The Watch's numerous missteps and overall mediocrity make it one of the year's most unnecessary and forgettable films.

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