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We Review THE WATCH. Amazon Streaming: “A bit of Sci-Fi/Comedy Awesome!” M.R.

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The Watch
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Akiva Schaffer
Produced by Shawn Levy
Written by Jared Stern Seth Rogen Evan Goldberg
Starring Ben Stiller Vince Vaughn Jonah Hill Richard AyoadeRosemarie DeWitt
Music by Christophe Beck
Cinematography Barry Peterson
Editing by Dean Zimmerman
Studio 21 Laps Productions
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s)
  • July 27, 2012 (2012-07-27)
Running time 102 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $68 million[2]
Box office $67.4 million[1]

The Watch (previously known as Neighborhood Watch)[3] is a 2012 science fiction comedy film directed by Akiva Schaffer and written by Jared Stern, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. It stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade. The film follows Evan (Stiller), Bob (Vaughn), Franklin (Hill), and Jamarcus (Ayoade), a group of neighbors who form a suburban neighborhood watch group. When they uncover an alien plot that threatens the world, they are forced into action.

The film began development in 2008 under producer Shawn Levy as a teen-audience targeted project written by Jared Stern. Between 2009 and late 2010, the project saw different directors and stars join the project, until November 2010, when it moved in a new direction under Rogen and Goldberg who rewrote the script aiming towards an adult-oriented audience. Filming began in October 2011, in the state of Georgia and concluded in January 2012.

The film’s marketing campaign was affected by the 2012 shooting of Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch member. As a result the campaign was refocused on the alien premise instead of the film leads, and the film name was changed from Neighborhood Watch to The Watch. The film was released on July 27, 2012 in North America. It received generally negative reviews, with criticism focused on the plot, frequent “vulgar and offensive” jokes and product placement. The lead cast were more positively received.

Our Thoughts:

I watched this thinking it was another spoofy comedy with Vince, Ben, and Jonah.

It wasn’t.

It was a bit silly as they created the neighborhood watch, but then the sci-fi part of the film kicked in and WOW I was loving it. As good a movie as I’ve seen in a while, but very hard to compare with other works. It is more serious than Mars Attacks, Galaxy Quest, or Paul, but not as serious as Pitch Black, Alien, or Predator. If you liked 4 of the six movies I just named then you’ll definitely like “The Watch.”

All in all this movie is a bit of Sci-Fi/Comedy Awesome! 4 stars — M.R.

Find: The Watch at Amazon

We review #Skyfall #IMAX version. No great #BondVillan. No great #BondGirl 3.5 stars — M.R.

The poster shows a man wearing a tuxedo and holding a gun, standing in front of an image that looks like it was taken from the inside of a gun barrel, with the London skyline visible behind him. Text at the bottom of the poster reveals the film title and credits. British cinema poster for Skyfall, designed by Empire Design
Directed by Sam Mendes
Produced by Michael G. Wilson Barbara Broccoli
Written by Neal Purvis Robert Wade John Logan
Based on James Bond by Ian Fleming
Starring Daniel Craig Judi Dench Javier Bardem Ralph Fiennes Naomie Harris Bérénice Lim Marlohe Albert Finney
Music by Thomas NewmanSkyfall” performed by Adele
Cinematography Roger Deakins
Editing by Stuart Baird Kate Baird
Studio Eon Productions Danjaq LLC
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Columbia Pictures
Release date(s)
  • 23 October 2012 (2012-10-23) (London, premiere)
  • 26 October 2012 (2012-10-26) (United Kingdom)
  • 9 November 2012 (2012-11-09) (United States)
Running time 143 minutes[1]
Country United Kingdom United States
Language English
Budget $200 million[2]
Box office $323,200,000[2]

Skyfall is the twenty-third spy film in the James Bond series, produced by Eon Productions and distributed by MGM and Sony Pictures Entertainment.[3] It features Daniel Craig‘s third performance as James Bond, and Javier Bardem as Raoul Silva, the film’s villain. The film was directed by Sam Mendes and written by John Logan, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.

In the film Bond investigates an attack on MI6; it transpires that it is part of an attack on M by a former MI6 operative, Raoul Silva. The film sees the return of two recurring characters after an absence of two films: Q, played by Ben Whishaw, and Miss Moneypenny, played by Naomie Harris. Skyfall was the last film of the series for Judi Dench who played M; a role which she had played in the previous six films. The position is subsequently filled by Ralph Fiennes‘ character, Gareth Mallory.

Mendes was approached to direct the film after the release of Quantum of Solace in 2008. Production was suspended when MGM encountered financial troubles, and did not resume until December 2010; during this time, Mendes remained attached to the project as a consultant. The original screenwriter, Peter Morgan, left the project during the suspension. When production resumed, Logan, Purvis and Wade continued writing what became the final version of the script, whilst incorporating Morgan’s ideas. Filming began in November 2011, and primarily took place in the United Kingdom, China and Turkey.

Skyfall premiered on 23 October 2012,[4] and was released in the United Kingdom on 26 October 2012.[5] It was the first James Bond film to be screened in IMAX venues, although it was not filmed with IMAX cameras.[6][7] The film’s release coincided with the 50th anniversary of the James Bond series, which began with Dr. No in 1962.[8]

Our thoughts:

I love James Bond movies, and I am certain this one will grow on me, but there was no super sexy scene with a Bond Girl, no great Bond Girl at all really.  The bad guy was also a little off for a Bond Villan.  The story went from spy tale to a revenge thriller and beyond and was a bit of a disappointment for me.  I expect extreme diabolical plots from super villans, not a crazy guy bent on killing a single person.  This was an exciting movie, don’t get me wrong. I just don’t feel like I saw a Bond movie.  I feel like I just watched an English Jason Bourne instead. 3.5 stars, losing a full star for lack of Bond Girl and Bond Villan, and another half for not being a spy movie. — M.R.

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