This Is The End– Movie Review
Only the pure love of bros and cum jokes can defeat Lucifer: that’s the message of the latest bromance-fest from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the duo behind Pineapple Express and Superbad. Featuring many other comedians of the Judd Apatow ilk, This Is The End takes the male manchild buddy comedy to hilarious new extremes, also creating one of the darkest films of the genre.
The movie follows Jay (Jay Baruchel) and Seth (Seth Rogen), two famous Hollywood actors who grew up together in Canada but have grown apart. Jay comes to visit Seth, the latter of whom has taken to the LA lifestyle more fully. They go to a party at the home of James Franco (James Franco) when the Biblical Apocalypse occurs. Surviving along with Craig Robinson (Craig Robinson), Jonah Hill (Jonah Hill) and Danny McBride (Danny McBride), they must figure out how to get through the End of Days and maybe even get to Heaven.
Some have previously noted that movies from Apatow and his disciples have traced the manchild friendship backwards through increasingly young characters, focusing more and more on friendship than romantic relationshps: from The 40-Year-Old Virgin, to Knocked Up, to Superbad. This Is The End focuses on older characters, but they are ageless in a sense- they are moments from death- and there is zero romance. By pushing this genre to a purer form and absurd new setting, the movie hits some comedy gold, with the slackers forced to confront stakes way higher than anything before.
But the movie also thrives as an old-fashioned Hollywood send-up. The party at the beginning is an amazing mash up of cameos: Rihanna has her best film performance to date, but no one can top a coked-up Michael Cera (or a cameo at the end that I won’t spoil). After the Apocalypse, the boys also indulge in penis jokes and drug-induced mayhem that would not be out of place in one of their other non-Apocalypse films. The movie drags a bit in the middle, but comes back strong for a climactic ending.
This Is The End is also one of the gorier, scarier films of this genre- although movies like Zombieland, Pineapple Express, Tropic Thunder, and Hot Fuzz have already shown you can have a lot of blood in a funny movie. I would have liked more laughs and less demons here, but that’s just personal preference.
Did you see This Is The End? What did you think?