FlicksFix: Odd bunch makes for a fun watch
July 17, 2013 at 2:17 a.m.
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If you've already seen "The Watch," then check out some of these other movies with similar themes and undertones. Know of anything that would be a good addition to this list? Shoot me an email at email@example.com or tweet me @carolinastrain. I'd love to check it out.
• "Super 8," 2011
• "Superbad," 2007
• "Mysterious Skin," 2004
• "Fido," 2006
"21 Jump Street," 2012
• "Observe and Report," 2009
Source: Internet Movie Database
If you like aliens, socially awkward people and movies about small towns, then "The Watch" is the movie for you.
Evan (Ben Stiller) is a neighborhood leader who, once confronted with the sudden murder of an employee, decides to start a community vigilante group.
He's the guy everybody knows in town because he volunteers his time to several community groups and area government agencies - their very own Gary Moses, dare I say - and he's also the manager of the Costco in town.
Except, I'm pretty sure Moses is way more emotionally adjusted than Stiller's character in "The Watch."
I saw it on HBO GO last week.
The characters have different personalities, which makes it difficult for them to work together.
But that's what makes "The Watch" so much fun to endure, despite its unusual thematic parallels to the George Zimmerman case.
After Evan holds the town meeting calling for people to join his group, only three volunteers appear at his doorstep for the first community watch meeting.
Franklin (Jonah Hill), Jamarcus (Richard Ayoade) and Bob (Vince Vaughn) may have good intentions to begin with, but none of them takes Evan's commitment to justice seriously.
Franklin's in it so he can have a legitimate excuse to put his expansive collection of firearms to use. Bob wants to have a bro group he can drink and hang out with in his man cave wonderland, and Jamarcus just wants to get laid.
The odd bunch goes through a series of divisions but are later united through an alien invasion being plotted out of the basement of Costco, where one of Evan's employees was found dead.
The cinematography and special effects are flawless, although I personally feel like comedies and horror movies lend themselves to pretty basic frame setups, and the acting by these comedic professionals is pretty spot-on.
Overall, it's a fun watch, and you'll get plenty of laughs before the predictable ending.
If only all things in life were this easy to read - but, alas, c'est la vie.