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4.0 out of 5 stars so, so sweet!, 18 Feb 2013
This review is from: Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
You have got to admit it, a Romantic Comedy set during a time of an imminent apocalypse is an interesting concept and perhaps one of the best mediums to explore the human condition. What we have in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a wonderfully sweet story about two people that are brought together by the circumstances of the end of days.

For such a bleak subject matter the film feels surprisingly light hearted and almost optimistic. Keira Knightly plays no small part in this with her sunny English charm and keep calm and carry on attitude. Steve Carrel plays his part as the straight man as well as ever. I think Carrel is one of the best straight men when he wants to be, second only to Jason Bateman.

The script is superb taking very little time with the set up of an asteroid hitting earth and getting straight on with some surprisingly dark comedy, but even when bodies are flying past the windows as people jump to their deaths rather than face their impending doom, the tone of the film is still kept pretty light. The script explores Carrels' characters quiet insecurities and humble misery with such a light breezy touch it all seems extremely endearing.

The cinematography is also light and sunny and breezy it seems very much like the town in The Truman Show, or Pleasantville after the residents become colourful. This really does act to give you a sense of optimism, a sense that the annihilation that the characters face isn't really that real, that something will happen at the last minute to save every ones lives. Whether that does happen or not is not for me to say as I do try and keep these reviews as spoiler free as possible.

What is interesting to me is that all other disaster movies (not that this is a disaster movie, it is just a movie with an impending disaster) spend all of their time trying to portray to the viewer how utterly hopeless the situation is, where as this film doesn't even bother, the focus is all on life and how wonderful it is, if you just let it be.

This is one of those humble films that don't really go anywhere at all, but you don't really care because you are just happy to be along for the ride. The characters make this film and it is just so utterly sweet that it doesn't even occur to you that you have just wasted one hundred minutes of your life by watching it.
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Initial post: 30 Apr 2014 12:35:28 BDT
spiderboy says:
Are you serious? Jason Bateman and Steve Carell the best 2 straight men? Have you not heard of Robert De Niro or Dustin Hoffman or Robin Williams (a comic genius that can act serious superbly), Jack Nicholson, Matt Damon oh I could go on forever...............what a crazy comment!

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Apr 2014 13:50:40 BDT
bizmandan says:
Well I don't know what your definition of a straight man is but mine is a man that dirives comedy from a situation by being serious, and that is basically Jason Batemans whole deal. Steve Carrel is also awesome at doing this, but neither will ever be as good as the best straight man of all time (in my opinion) Leslie Nielson. I will have to give you Robert De Niro, not sure about the rest. However I must make a point about disagreeing totally about Robin Williams (one of my favourite actors) he will never ever be considered a straight man in comedy, that is just not how he does things! although he is a fantastic dramatic actor if that is the point your were trying to make. So in conclusion, I really don't think my definition of a straight man is the same as yours.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Apr 2014 14:35:14 BDT
spiderboy says:
Yes.........after publishing the comment I thought that perhaps I had missed your exact meaning.

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Apr 2014 14:52:51 BDT
bizmandan says:
No probs! Glad i could clarify :) anyway i love a good debate.
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