It’s rare when something nearing an “original” idea of a film is made in Hollywood, but Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s This Is The End does everything to stray from a pack of old dogs. They’ve made post-apocalyptic movies, they’ve made movies about the rapture, they’ve made movies where actors play themselves, but This Is The End just strives to give itself a form of originality by blending all of these elements together and adding a hint of witty comedy and just not being too damn self-righteous.
Jay Baruchel and Seth Rogen play the best of friends of who haven’t seen one another in quite some time and have been growing apart for years. The first thirty minutes of the film is very dialogue heavy (much more than the rest of the film) and has cameo appearances from the likes of Michael Cera, Rihanna, Channing Tatum, Paul Rudd, Martin Starr, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, David Krumholtz, Mindy Kaling, Emma Watson and much more.
It’s one of the funniest comedies in the past decade and once it was over it left me dissatisfied, but only because I wanted more of it. The film does step on religion, but it doesn’t get too preachy for the wrong reasons and just makes it funny without poking fun at the religious (even though 99% of the cast is Jewish).
One thing they did get wrong was the fact that they thought you could get into heaven by doing good deeds, but had that not been in the film, it would have only lasted a matter of minutes.
It definitely seems like Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen were taught the craft of comedy well enough by Judd Apatow, because This Is The End happens to be a near-perfect comedy and I couldn’t possibly tell you what is wrong with it.
The characters do play fictional versions of themselves (Jonah Hill’s non-authentic homosexual impressions) and you’d think it was because the writers couldn’t be bothered to write any actual characters or backstory, but it’s just another piece to this behemoth of a puzzle. Danny McBride and Craig Robinson definitely steal the show, but every cast member has an equal opportunity to shine (and they do).
If you haven’t caught this in cinemas, do so now. If you miss it, pick up the Blu-ray and DVD Combo pack this October 2013. It’ll be the best $20 you’ve spent in a long, long time.
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