Starring: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera
Directed By: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Written By: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 47 min
Like The World’s End this film features great comedians on a night out suddenly having to endure a massive attack from unknown forces. This being a Hollywood movie though the scale is much more epic. The effects are really quiet impressive and it feels reminiscent of Ghostbusters, Bill and Ted and definitely South Park – The Movie.
The film starts out like a normal comedy with the added attraction of having all the actors play themselves. Then whilst at a convenience store all hell breaks loose. The results are shocking, disgusting and very darkly funny. My partner was constantly laughing then exclaiming “Oh God!”, “Jesus!” and “No!” before looking away. The action and jokes get launched at you thick and fast as 6 main characters all vie for our amusement.
There are many personal jibes aimed at each other, and their ego’s get examined while they try to hide from the reality of the terror outside by drug taking and then just cowardice. As extreme as it goes it does make you wonder if you would act any more noble amongst friends in a similar situation. I won’t ruin what the problem is outside James Franco’s house but by the end it just goes crazy and the fun never stops.
Great fun and a surprising amount of tension ensue when a night out in LA ends up becoming a global catastrophe. This is R rated so expect plenty of R rated language and content. Seth Rogen’s writing contributions are almost certainly the source for most of the genital humor!
A large HD viewing is best for spotting all the famous people at the party and the end vistas of a burning LA.
There are many memorable visuals, gross-outs and jokes but the scene where Emma Watson overhears the 6 men discuss the “elephant in the room” is hilarious and uncomfortable. It cumulates with her swinging an axe, and ‘F-bombing’ them. After she leaves with their provisions they lament, “Hermione just stole all our shit”.
Stewart’s two cents:
This Is The End has a great premise, and for the first half of the movie it’s explored well with hilarious results. Later, as the creative energy wains, it resorts to gutter humor to get cheap laughs. I still recommend it though.