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This review is from: This is the End [DVD]  (DVD)
Portraying themselves in the film, Jay Baruchel is visiting his fellow Canadian friend Seth Rogan in L.A. Seth, whose been very successful & mixing with the Hollywood stars, takes Jay to James Franco's house party, which he is reluctant to attend, as he doesn't know anyone there & thinks Jonah Hill, who'll be attending, dislikes him. When Jay & Seth duck out to go for some smokes at the local seven eleven, all hell breaks loose, earthquakes & sinkholes start killing people, as James Franco (Oz.) , Jonah Hill (21 Jump Street), Seth Rogen (Funny People), Jay Baruchel (The Sorcerer's Apprentice), Craig Robinson (Hot Tub Time Machine) & Danny McBride (Your Highness) are the last surviving members of the party, holed up in Franco's fortress of a home. Survival has a funny way of bringing out the worst in people & uncovering they're dirty secrets.
At first, the film is just funny as it is, seeing these actors portraying themselves fictionally for comedic effect. While the whole apocalyptic premise is very weird & unsettling when it arrives, but towards the end of the film it's story makes for an interesting twist of fate for the remaining party goers. It also makes a great excuse for some oddball comedy & bromance. The film excels with it's comedy, while for the most part it's willy jokes or gross out comedy. There is some genius & comedy gold in places. All 6 leads are brilliant, given a fair share of screen time & bringing they're own different personalities to the table. Reacting to the rapture situation, conflicting with each other, taking the mickey out of they're carer choices, acting abilities, stature, exaggerating they're personality based on media perception, to getting high & acting out Pineapple Experess 2 with dodgy special effects. I dunno, once you see James Franco being a Jacobs cracker dealer, Danny McBride indulging on all the resources resulting in one the funniest lines "He's been eating nonstop. The ***** gained weight since he got here", or Jonah Hill going Exorcist in one of the film spoof take off's , it just can't be funnier, and consistently so, that is, depending on your preference of humor of course.
The whole film is shot in James Franco's home, but the special effects are certainly not by the half measure. The CGI to create the Armageddon torn Hollywood hills, or scary demonic creatures that add to the horror/comedy is really good quality. There are plenty of cameos from other Hollywood stars, such as Paul Rudd, Rihanna, Channing Tatum, Jason Segel, Christopher Mintz-Plasse etc.. Emma Watson (Harry Potter) tearing her sweet Hermione sterotype to pieces in the face of rape-y vibes, was a particular highlight. While Michael Cera (Superbad) as a cocaine snorting madman, was a bit hit & miss.
In conclusion, This is the End isn't perfect but for Seth Rogan & Evan Goldberg's directional debut, this offering should be applauded for it's unorthodox, original approach & being a great laugh. If you like the rude & crude humor films which these guys have appeared in together previously i.e Pineapple Express or Your Highness etc.... you'll like this a lot. Recommended.
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Initial post: 25 Feb 2014 13:29:26 GMT
Excellent review and I couldn't agree more with your comments, especially the part about most of the jokes but then the odd few that are just genius. The bit where they call Jay a racist because of his comment about Craig (which I will not spoil) had me doubled over.
The effects were great as well considering the type of movie. I've seen horror movies that would be embarrassed by how much better This is the End effects were.
I agree with Cera, I understand why he played the role he did but the only part that even slightly made me chuckle was the part in the toilet but that is being generous.
The fact you have six men with their tongues firmly in their cheeks playing themselves deserves an applause for its originality.
Great movie, great review.
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Feb 2014 15:26:09 GMT
Thank you for the kind reply. I really like this style of comedy as well, it's great outrageous fun with some subtle genius.
And, oh yes, Cera's bathroom scene was the hit part...just don't take a sip of his drink ;-)
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