The most recent movie I saw in theatres was the wildly absurd comedy This is the End. Walking into this theatre, I wasn’t expecting much. I’m not usually one for stupid or crude comedy, but let meh tell yeh…. This movie is FUNNY.
I LOVE the fact that the actors play
themselves. Well, more of an exaggerated version or caricature of themselves. Seth Rogan, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Burachel–you see these guys everywhere. That is part of the brilliance behind this movie. FOR EXAMPLE: You know how when you watch home videos, or stupid vids your own friends made?…you always find it hilarious right? There is something about watching a person you know on screen, that makes you embarrassingly giggle and cry from laughter. Funnier than anything you’ve ever seen before. That is what this movie does. It takes comedy stars, who you have followed for years, seen in interviews—and now you watch them play themselves. More or less, you are watching both famous actors, and people who for reason you feel like you’re friends with, on the big screen. Boom.
I wasn’t surprised to learn that This is the End was written and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. We all know Goldberg as the writer behind comedies such as Superbad and Pineapple Express. This is the End is actually based on a short titled Seth and Jay versus the Apocalypse which they created earlier in 2007. I can’t help but to imagine these guys having a blast developing this film. They are literally writing an extremely character driven film about what would happen if a group of their friends were locked in a house together during the Apocalypse. You’d think critics would call this movie tasteless— but check out rotten tomatoes – 84% fresh by critics. What?? That’s higher than the majority of the movies this summer.
The first act in the movie provides some of the funniest moments in the film, by introducing the stars. Also including several cameos only adding to the humor. Some of the characters are given outrageous personality flaws. Michael Cera for example, the awkward virgin from Superbad, is portrayed as a loud mouth coke-head. They show an unexpected side to these typecasted actors. Hilarious.
Can you imagine Seth Rogan writing each character?
Seth: “Yo Evan, what if we made straight-laced Cera like the biggest f**king dick head. Like some douchey little wiener of a dude.”
Evan: “Wait, I love that! Wait, also lets make him just like rip lines of coke all night.”
I do think this film continuously gets dumber as it progresses, and the third act in particular becomes rediculous. But for some reason as the movie got dumber, I still found myself laughing. I guess despite the absurd plot line, crude conversations, and extremely idiotic action scenes, in the end, what’s the purpose of a comedy? To make you laugh. So congrats Seth Rogan, you win.
Check out the trailer