Comedies that are actually funny have been hard to find this year, but This Is the End of that.
Starring Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride as versions of themselves, the film begins at a star-studded party at James Franco’s house. However, in the middle of the party, the Apocalypse comes, leaving the six of them trapped in Franco’s house to fend for themselves and figure out how to survive.
The film is, quite simply, hysterical from beginning to end. Despite the potential for over-the-top slapstick-type humor throughout, the dialogue is brilliantly written, meaning that the best moments come when the main characters are simply talking, strategizing, and arguing about the situation they have found themselves in. The interactions between the six main characters are really the best part of this film—as a viewer, it was clear how much fun the actors had making this movie, and that really shines through.
That’s not to say there aren’t plenty of outrageous moments that play successfully as well, including a hostile robbery of the six by none other than 110-pound, 5’5” Emma Watson and a drug-fueled decision to try to make a sequel to Pineapple Express while stuck inside waiting out the Apocalypse.
The film manages to toe the line between hilariously shocking and just disgusting pretty frequently (for example, in one scene the guys strategize about how to prove to Emma Watson that they don’t want to rape her), but it lands on the right side almost every time, which is not something that many other similar movies can say.
Additionally, because the movie was set in Apocalyptic Hollywood, it had an incredible number of memorable celebrity cameos, including Michael Cera, Paul Rudd, and Aziz Ansari.
At times, the movie does drag on and get bogged down in the action, and the filmmakers did give themselves a challenge in making a comedy about the Apocalypse in that they had to create an ending that kept with the light tone of the rest of the movie. The end result felt pretty forced and became a little too preachy to effectively feel like a natural ending (although the final gag might make it worth it for some viewers).
Ultimately, this movie shows what happens when an incredibly original idea is executed well, meaning that This Is the End is one you don’t want to miss.