I was hoping for another back to back comedy like last week’s double reviews…but what I got was NOT comedy at all. Fortunately one has good story while the other one sucks.
I watch The Watch and Bunny and The Bull recently…I watched both of them because of a man by the name of Richard Ayoade. I like him since The IT Crowd and like him more since The Mighty Boosh. Richard is a multi talented man, he is a comedian, actor, writer and director. I watched Submarine because he directed it (I like the directing but bored with the plot…sorry Rich!).
Before anyone goes on and writes a comment saying … ah no wonder you like the second one, it has people you like more than the first one…let me shout it out first I like the second movie because it has far better plot and visual than the first one!! NOT BECAUSE OF THE PEOPLE IN IT.
Now that it’s off my chest…let’s move on with the review
Director: Akiva Schaffer
Starring: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade, Rosemarie DeWitt
Seriously…after seeing the trailer…I WOULDN’T WATCH THIS MOVIE IF RICHARD IS NOT IN IT. This is the kind of movie I know I will not enjoy it…but I still watch it because of the actor (just like what happened with In Time).
The Watch is about a man played by Ben Stiller who formed a neighborhood watch because one of his employees was murdered in a horrible way…here come the forced comedy that didn’t make me laugh at all…when the man asked people to form a neighborhood watch, everyone laughed as if the murder was a joke and who care if someone died with his skin being ripped-off of him<<< I find it NOT FUNNY AT ALL!!
He finally managed to have a watch group consisted of 4 men: himself (Ben Stiller), a man who failed the test to become a police, a man who loved to party, and a black Englishman (Richard Ayoade). Although this might sound like a spoiler…but I can assure it’s not a spoiler…it’s written all over the trailer!! Instead of facing murderer, they found out that Alien had landed on earth.
The only part where I laughed the most while watching this movie is when Richard told everyone why he joined in the group and everyone had the same blank face. Apart from that, I also got a kick of Matrix-Style Ayoade!! (too bad I can’t upload the clip on youtub, so I made a simple gif)
I always saw Richard in comedy with his trade mark flat expression…seeing him acted so cool with guns on his hands was a great surprise. I repeated that scene over and over again .
I got a feeling that Richard is in this movie because of Ben Stiller. Stiller was the producer of Richard’s debut movie, Submarine.
Overall…The Watch was a dull movie. Trying to be funny but failed badly (or maybe because I have different taste of comedy)…fortunately the sci-fi part is quite enjoyable. I looked it up in IMDB and Rotten Tomatoes…no surprise at all to see the ratings, 5,7 and 17% respectively.
Bunny and The Bull (2009)
Director: Paul King
Writer: Paul King
Starring: Edward Hogg, Simon Farnaby, Veronica Echegui, Richard Ayoade, Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding, Sylvia Sims
Before I moved on with the plot, let’s look at why this movie is sometimes wrongly considered as The Mighty Boosh movie.
- Paul King is the director of The Mighty Boosh.
- The cast, mostly cameos, is full of people from The Mighty Boosh. Julian Barratt as a dog loving tramp, Noel Fielding as a retired matador, Rich Fulcher as the voice of the King Crab and a passerby, and Richard Ayoade as a bored museum curator.
- The movie has that surreal and animated background like The Mighty Boosh.
Although it is heavily connected to The Mighty Boosh but Bunny and The Bull is NOT The Mighty Boosh movie!! Paul mentioned (jokingly) that the cast was on his speed dial … But, knowing the Brits, they sort of enjoy working with the same people over and over again…it makes them feel comfortable.
Bunny and The Bull was meant to be a comedy but it isn’t funny! There are parts that make me giggle but not as a big laugh…however, Bunny and The Bull has a great storyline and interesting directing method. I can see a bit similarity with the way Richard directed Submarine.
Stephen and Bunny
The story focused on Stephen Turnbull (Edward Hogg) who was afraid to leave his flat. Something triggered him to try stepping out of his front door but the image of him running in the field from something made him locked his door again. From then on, Stephen was caught in between two worlds, his current world where the walls of his flat are his protection and his world before he locked himself inside his flat. The flashback took us to his journey around Europe with his best friend, Bunny (Simon Farnaby).
Stephen and Bunny were the kind of odd couple who were so different and yet so relied on each other. Stephen’s dream woman just told him that she only thinks of him as friend. Bunny tried to cheer him up by asking him to go around Europe. They could do it because they won a bet. Stephen was the boring type who always played it safe while Bunny was the easy type who enjoys gambling and sex.
On their road trip, they met a Spanish woman named Eloisa (Veronica Echegui). They went to Spain together. Their journey to Spain and what happened on Spain could be considered as the main idea of the story. I can’t say more than that because of not wanting to spoil the best part on this movie.
Paul King took us to present and past, somewhere in between you’ll find out why Stephen didn’t want to leave his home anymore. I can imagine Bunny and The Bull as a book…in fact, I felt that I was reading a book rather than watching a movie. The surreal view around the main characters is not something you’ll find on common movies. The snow is made of shredded paper, the pillars of the bridges are made of stacks of books, the amusement park is made of clockwork (see the image below), and many more bizarre surrounding.
Basically, Bunny and The Bull is a road trip of three people mixed with a love triangle in a surreal world. Bunny and The Bull is not a comedy that will make you laugh but the plot and the visual are very interesting. And it’s a hate it or love it kind of movie.
The Cameos: Richard Ayoade, Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding
Here’s the trailer: