Wednesday, February 19, 2014

This Is The End - What Were You Guys Thinking??

This Is the End was a movie of epic proportions and epic failures.  The directorial debut of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the film was jam packed with an all-star cast including James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson.  The concept is interesting in that every actor plays themselves.  Seth Rogan and friend Jay Baruchel are spending the weekend together and Rogan suggests they attend a party at James Franco’s house.  While at the celebrity packed party which offers cameos from actors such as Michael Cera and Emma Watson, the two meet up with Franco, Hill, McBride and Robinson.  A loud noise outside suddenly halts the party and upon further investigation, the six friends realize that the apocalypse is upon them.  From there all hell breaks loose (quite literally) and the friends are forced to work together to survive.  While the plot was strong and sounds hysterical, the film failed to deliver jokes that supported the funny concept which was massively disappointing.  The film was over the top crude and disgusting, at times feeling more like Scary Movie 27 than anything close to the comedic genius of films like Pineapple Express or Knocked Up.  While there were several moments that were funny, nothing stood out as overly hysterical and I did not find myself laughing out loud at anything.  Overall, the film felt like something thrown together on a rainy afternoon by a bunch of middle school kids with an extensive budget to work with.  In the end, the film had a few moments but was ultimately a huge let down.  That being said, the two 12 year olds in the front row thought it was the best film since Casablanca.   

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