Thursday, May 23, 2013

This is the End was quite the surprise from what I was expecting.  The movie is a comedy with actors playing fictional characterizations of themselves during what appears to be the end of days.  It must be nice for them, all friends, peers to each other that does the same genre of movies to come together to create something like this.  The who's who in the movie includes Jay Baruchel and Seth Rogen attending a party at James Franco's house.  There they meet up with their other friends and celebrities including Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera, Rihanna among others.  The Hollywood party plays into every stereotype of the actors that we can imagine.  Heavy on drugs and sex, Michael Cera (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World) is the king of it all.   But when Jay and Seth heads out to get more smokes that's when all hell breaks loose.  Literally.

The end comes not from a killer asteroid or global warming causing the next ice age but from the Holy Bible, the book of Revelation.  Revelation tells of the end of days when those that believe in Christ are raptured, and those that are left behind who refuses to repent and continues their sinful ways, faces hell on Earth.  As the six friends finds out, being actors and making movies for the good and enjoyment of others is not enough.  The movie in what I'll like to think as the second act is the hilarious part.  And that is with all of hollywood on fire except from James Franco's home (how convenient), the group is in survival mode.  At this point they are still unaware that it is Revelation coming to pass, but just that it is dangerous to leave the house.  The movie slows down a bit transitioning to them to realizing what is actually happening to the ending.  The movie enters full horror mode for a bit, which really brings back the audience to attention, but for me the ending is a bit of a whimper.  Even with a hilarious cameo from a certain GI Joe stud and a performance by a certain 90s boy band at the end can save the campy feel from the use of Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" at a particular point in the end.  On a bright note for that part though, I wasn't expecting the CGI to be at that high of a level in this type of a film.

Overall, I would still recommend the film.  It's in my opinion slightly better than Hangover Part III, but still far from a masterpiece.  Fans of crude humor or any of the above mentioned actors will enjoy the film.  No where else will you see a movie within a movie that everyone has been clamoring for in Pineapple Express 2!  It's great whenever actors can poke fun at themselves, and this is certainly a no hold bars type of film.

The movie is rated R and is out June 12, 2013.  The movie run time is 1 hour and 46 minutes.

Rating: 4.0 stars out of 5.0 Stars



James Franco
Jonah Hill
Seth Rogen
Jay Baruchel
Danny McBride
Craig Robinson
Emma Watson
Michael Cera
Jason Segel
David Krumholtz
Paul Rudd
Mindy Kaling
Martin Starr
Kevin Hart
Christopher Mintz-Plasse
Aziz Ansari

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