18A) This is the End
Running Time: 107 Minutes.
2 stars out of 4.
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have become household names in the comedy film genre, for constantly delivering extremely funny films, This is The End is no exception. In This is The End, all of the actors play themselves. Jay Baruchel is going to visit his friend Seth Rogen in Los Angeles for the weekend. When he arrives in L.A Seth tells him that they are going to a party at James Franco's house. At the party there are many famous celebrities there (also playing themselves), and suddenly many disastrous things go wrong outside in Los Angeles, and they all finally discover it is the apocalypse and the group of people who stayed at James Franco's house (Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson) must fight to survive with there food, and water supply going low and there shelter at risk of being destroyed by these mysterious outdoor creatures. This is the End is a funny, entertaining, and very silly film that I appreciate because it is very different than other comedy or any other film that you have ever seen. This is The End delivers.
James Franco, Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, and Jonah Hill have all shown there comedic chops in many Judd Apatow directed and produced films such as Pineapple Express, Knocked Up, the 40 Year Old Virgin, and few others. In This is The End, they all assemble in what has been called Apatow's Avengers. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg direct, write, and produce this funny comedy about a not so funny subject "the end of the world." What makes a film like This is The End work is that there are alot of original, and inside jokes about the actors in the films and the films, they have been in, such as James Franco hosting the Oscars, or the poorly received Your Highness staring Danny McBride and Franco.
The performances in the film are great because it is fun to see the actors making fun of themselves and the work they have done. Craig Robinson gives the funniest performance just because of the material that he was given, and the comedy that his character called for. The cameos in the film by very famous and well known actors, are funny and alot of fun to watch and he filmmakers do not over do it with the fun material they give these famous actors.
This is The End is original, different, and a very silly comedy film. I like how Rogen and Goldberg made the actors all play themselves, because it made for good comedy, and the casting choices were great because they cast people that work well together, and in the film you get the sense that all the actors are good friends. There are some problems with This is The End, and they are the film gets very silly at certain points, and the CGI is not up to par with other "comedic" films of the past few years. Some jokes I did not find very funny, and I think that is because I am not the target audience for this film. The running time is a bit too long, and finally the film decreases in quality as time passes, except for the final scene that is very funny.
This is the End is a funny, and original film with some good performances, funny scenes, and good action scenes, and despite an overlong running time, and some jokes that don't work, because of its great cast (playing themselves) and funny script, This is The End is not a winner.