Monday, November 10, 2014

This Is the End (2013)

Directors: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Writers:   Seth  Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Jason Stone (Novel)
Cast:        Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill


While attending a party at James Franco's house, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and many other celebrities are faced with the apocalypse. They initially think it was just an earth-quake but gradually realize that it is indeed the Apocalypse as described in Book of Revelations and they have to be good to each other to get sucked up into heaven.

After watching many contemplative films recently, I thought I would watch something that doesn't need you to involve your brains much and give you some cheap laughs. As expected, 'This is the End' served that purpose without being a comedy classic or anything. The film is cleverer than you think with the characters playing themselves in a self-deprecating manner. There is also an element of spoof in it with there being the token black man in this group of American friends. It is not exactly Bro-mance and the film is not as good as the sum of its parts but it is worth a watch for some mindless laughs.

Edgar Wright's 'The World's End' and 'This is the End' came out quite close together and similarity of their apocalyptic nature was apparent with some preferring the latter. In my opinion 'The World's End is a far superior film despite it being not as good as other films in the 'Cornetto Trilogy'. Among the 'Frat-Pack' films, there have been quite a few over the last decade, the one I like most is 'Superbad' which starred Jonah Hill, Michael Cera and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, though one could fret whether it counts as belonging to the genre but you get the idea.

Rating: 2.5/5