This Is The End (2013)
Directed by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
“This Is The End,” that Seth Rogen summer comedy you’ve probably heard of, is at times witty. It’s at times terrifying. But for most of its 107 minutes, it manages to be mundane. For starters, aren’t they a little late to the apocalypse game? That was so 2012. It’s only forgivable once they explain that this is rapture, a Christian (and not Mayan) end-of-days. But why did they kill off all the best characters after 10 minutes? A coked-up Michael Cera remained the funniest character in the entire movie, though he had but a handful of lines. Paul Rudd and Jason Segel, too, would have made for much better long-term characters than Jonah Hill or Craig Robinson. Even Mindy Kaling and Aziz Ansari would have been funnier. They chose the wrong starting six. Was that giant celebrity-eating sinkhole a metaphor for the path the movie had already begun to take? Pretty much.
Peter Travers, who disappointed me when he gave the movie high marks, said it best when he referred to some of the lines as sounding improvised. That’s mostly because a lot of the jokes just aren’t funny. Unless you like phallic imagery and overdone jokes about masturbation…and even then, there are far more hilarious potty-humor movies. I laughed out loud a few times, sure. When Seth Rogen and James Franco imagined their ideal “Pineapple Express” sequel, I chuckled. The final scene was the best. Not just because it was over, but because it contained the only really entertaining sequence. In any feature-length comedy, that’ll happen. But I also cringed when I saw stars Hill, Rogen, Franco, and Danny McBride desperately plea for laughs (I exclude frontman Jay Baruchel because he was the funniest – if least famous – of the big 6). They had hoped that putting six of the biggest comedians for the 18-24 year old demographic would automatically translate into laughs. It didn’t work. Instead, it turned into a slightly-funnier-than-“Valentine’s Day” celebrity dumpster type movie. IMDb users love in in a big 8/10 way. It boggles my mind to think that so many people, probably college-aged dudes like me, found this movie that enjoyable. I ask anyone else that enjoyed it more than I did to please explain why. Maybe I missed something.
3 thoughts on “The best part about ‘This Is The End’? The end.”
Well, if you don’t like these guys as it is, you might not have the best time of your life. Me, on the other hand, I love them and all that they do, hence why I had such a wonderful and hilarious time just hanging out with these guys. Nice review Logan.
I normally do like them when they have a good script to deal with. Pineapple Express is one of my favorite comedies of the past decade, 21 Jump Street and Knocked Up were funny too. But this time they had nothing good to work with. And Jonah Hill played someone completely unlike himself. He said nothing funny. And it just seemed like they only wrote 10 minutes of funny dialogue and said “Close enough.”
Great review! I really felt like I was being too critical because I found this film to be so disappointing. All of these actors are capable of being very funny, but as you said, they really weren’t in this. I can’t believe it has an 8/10 rating on IMDb.