|This is the End
Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill and Craig Robinson.
Directed by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg
After delivering comedy gold with SuperBad and Pineapple Express, screenwriters Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg delivered back-to-back crappy duds with The Green Hornet and The Watch. The latter one so abysmal that most people thought their careers were toast, but instead of drifting off into obscurity the two of them set out to convert their 2007 short, Jay and Seth Versus the Apocalypse, into a full length horror comedy. Makes sense, right? Except that horror comedies are a difficult mash-up of genres to find success in as you can count on one hand how many have done it. In fact, can you even think of one other than Shaun of the Dead? Probably not, but after you see This is the End, you'll think of it in the same lofty category.
This is the End stars; Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill and Craig Robinson. A plethora of cameo performances come from; Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Paul Rudd, Rihanna, Kevin Hart, Aziz Ansari, Mindy Kaling, David Krumholtz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and the not-to-be-missed Channing Tatum in a particularly funny, albeit very disturbing bit.
As the guys were cranking out the full length R rated raunch-fest, it literally transformed into an instant classic. It’s hard to imagine considering early trailers didn’t offer much promise other than the movie seemed to be nothing more than an enormous bromance vehicle for all their best buds. It’s also interesting to note that preview trailers for these kinds of films show all the funny parts that leave audiences fuming with wasted promises and unfunny shit. My expectations were low as I figured to be bored out of my mind and ready to trash it, but then the movie started and I didn’t stop laughing until the end credits.
The film opens with Jay arriving in Los Angeles where he is met by his friend Seth. The celeb jokes start immediately as somebody begins pestering Seth to do his “Seth” laugh. From there they do what most of us believe they do in real life, they hang around playing video games, bitching about other celebs and getting high. From there they head over to James Franco’s house-warming shindig where we are treated to even more expected bad behavior from many A-listers, although probably not what Michael Cera is like in real life. Haha.
It isn’t long after that the apocalypse hits and the party goers rush outside believing it to be an earthquake, but when really bad things happen to many of the guests, the survivors retreat back inside the relative safety of Franco’s house. They decide to ride out whatever it is that’s happening and hope that everything is back normal come sunrise. Sunrise doesn’t bring normal however, it brings McBride into the fray and the real fun begins. We are treated to the ridiculous, the outrageous and crude gags. We also get the group to begin to crack under the pressure. There is an ongoing tiff between Franco and McBride. Baruchel doesn’t care for Hill’s overly sweet compliments. Rogen and Robinson try to keep some sort of civility as things go from bad to surreal. As time passes and no rescue coming, the group becomes more desperate. When outside forces encroach into their safe haven they make some scary decisions with funny consequences.
Some movies are etched into the social consciousness and become cultural icons destined to be copied, imitated, and revered. This is the End is that kind of comedy and is sure to be the number one comedy hit of the summer. For those of you who believe in the rapture, yet lack the imagination needed to visualize what it may actually look like, then this film is for you. For the rest of you who are quite sure it won’t occur in your lifetime, then go and enjoy the filthy, raunchy, sexual gross-outs and deviant behavior from some of the funniest actors you’ll ever see all in one picture.