ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY PREMIERE The Watch★★★ 9.00-11.00pm C4
The words “sci-fi comedy” do not auger well. For every Ghost Busters or Galaxy Quest, there’s an Evolution or Aliens in the Attic. Like the recent, apocalyptically themed This Is the End, The Watch (also co-written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg) starts out like a terrestrial social comedy but soon mutates. Concerned citizen Ben Stiller forms a neighbourhood watch group in a small Ohio town in order to make friends, but only attracts three other losers: Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade. So far, ho hum, until they run over an alien and discover that a full Bodysnatchers-style invasion is under way, at which point The Watch bumpily shifts comedic gear. The vulgar frat-boy humour is somewhat beneath its principal cast (with the possible exception of Vaughn) — it turns out that the aliens’ brains are literally between their legs — but a showdown in a Costco store is passably exciting. It has its moments, but doesn’t deserve the arch Ayoade.
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