Review by Dan Aquino
Directed by: Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg
Starring: Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, and James Franco
What do you get when you bring together some of the best comedic minds of today and tell them to go crazy? If you answered anything other than This Is the End please close this website and go sit in the corner with the shades drawn, because there simply is no hope for you. This Is the End brings together a who’s who of celebrities and puts them in one of Hollywood’s favorite events: the apocalypse. This Is the End marks the directorial debut of both Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen who have written such scripts as Superbad, The Watch and Pineapple Express, and they knock it out of the park.
The film begins with Rogen and Baruchel meeting up and going to a house warming party for James Franco. Here we get to see an insight of how some of the A Listers get to party. Drugs flow, hot chicks are everywhere, and other forms of debauchery run freely here in the Hollywood Hills. But soon the party comes to a crashing halt when a huge sink-hole opens up outside Franco’s house and swallows most of the party goers including Michael Cera and Rihanna (most of the audience didn’t seem to mind when she met her untimely end). After the nights events, the remaining survivors consisting of James Franco, Seth Rogan, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson try to come to terms with what exactly has caused all the mayhem and hilarity ensues often.
Going into this movie, you have to know what you’re going to get when you put all of these guys together, a lot of swearing, a lot of one liners, and a lot of everybody riffing off the next guy, and This Is the End follows through on all of those aspects. Having already seen these guys together in most films, you know that they’re all going to have that buddy-buddy feeling down pat, but in this film each person plays an over the top version of themselves. Jonah Hill is a sweet, caring person, Jay Baruchel literally hates everyone that isn’t Seth Rogan, James Franco plays “the bro” archetype to the nth degree and so on and so forth. The movie even makes fun of how all of them play pretty much the same character in every movie they’re in.
With such a large cast you would think it would be difficult for Rogan and Goldberg to give each character their moments in the sun, but everyone gets their fair share of screen-time and gets to highlight what they bring to the table. Although the film focuses mainly on Rogan’s and Baruchel’s friendship and how Baruchel feels that Rogan has drifted away since hanging out with Franco and the gang, we get to see plenty of the supporting cast such as Craig Robinson who brings his own form of physical comedy to the movie, and my personal favorite Danny McBride who plays pretty much Kenny Powers throughout the film. As I pointed out earlier, movies where Rogan appears in are usually very ad-lib heavy and sometimes this film goes a little overboard with it, but the movie is well paced and the jokes do an excellent job of lampooning Hollywood actors and the business in general.
Not since It’s A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World has a group of well-loved comedians gotten together and actually produced a laugh out loud scenario. This Is the End has it all, tons of laughs, tons of celebrity cameos (the best being at the last third of the film) and will certainly please anyone with a twisted love of comedy such as myself.
Final Rating- 3.5 out of 5