2013 / Directors. Seth Rogan & Evan Goldberg.
I passed on THIS IS THE END during it's cinema run and I really wish I hadn't. It wasn't for lack of interest... I just had too much shit going on. I would LOVE to have seen it with an audience because I laughed my ass off watching it tonight. I'm talking some serious "throat hurts" ROFLS. Speaking to people who have seen it, there have been various reactions. Some loved it, many didn't. I really dig the brand of comedy these guys make. I've enjoyed almost everything they've produced from Superbad to Pineapple Express... Knocked Up and even Your Highness. I think the key to getting the most out of their films is to fully understand their dynamics. These guys are a tight pack. They're friends before colleagues and understanding their unity elevates the humour. That definitely applies to THIS IS THE END. Its a self referential, high concept piss-take. Seth Rogan, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson all play fictional versions of themselves. At a house party at Franco's mansion, hell rises and the apocalypse arrives. The world turns into a furness and mankind is obliterated. All good souls are taken to heaven, leaving these guys alone to fend for themselves. The set up is ripe for the picking and the film comes at you from all sorts of comical directions. From slapstick sight gags to hilarious interactions. Filled to the brim with celebrity cameos, THIS IS THE END feels personal. You get the feeling that the story is partially motivated by the guilt of stardom and an acknowledgement to their audience that they're well aware of the rubbish they make. Well I personally think that their films are smarter than people give them credit for, even at their worst. The movie is slightly overlong but easily overlooked when ends on such a great scene. THIS IS THE END is unexpected, hilarious and just plain fun. Hard not to get caught up in it's satire.