Comedies is the kind of movie that would all depend on one’s sense of humor. I do have a twisted (sometimes sick) sense of humor, and so movies such as “Pineapple Express”, “Clerks” and “Ted” are types I can get into since I don‘t mind toilet-raunchy humor, but comedies such as “My Cousin Vinny“ are more the kind I‘d like to see. Comedies are all about the mood that one is in when one goes to see one. I tend to take the easy way to enjoyment, as it is all about how many times I laughed, chuckled or snickered. Well, while “This is the End” may not be a great comedy but it sure gave me a lot to laugh about.
The film actually has a bunch of actors who actually play themselves, if somewhat more of an exaggerated version of themselves. Jay Baruchel has flown out to Los Angeles to hang out with his best friend Seth Rogen. The two smoke pot, drinking, play video games and even go to Carl’s Jr.. Jay isn’t exactly too fond of Seth’s other friends and this puts a little damper to their plans when Seth remembers that he needs to go to a party hosted by James Franco. Jay isn’t too fond of socializing with big-name stars, and things turn out for the worst when strange blue lights begin to materialize out of thin air and begin taking the citizenry; even as a huge sinkhole materialize in front of Franco’s backyard. Now Seth and Jay are stuck with Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and Danny McBride in Franco’s house as they try to wait out the Biblical apocalypse. Can they stand each other?
Written and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, “This is the End” is the kind of flick that is tough to review. I mean, there is something that can be said for the way the story is set up and it is intentionally downright ridiculous. It capitalizes on its outrageousness, and rather than building on its story, it goes for some what could be called ‘shock humor’. You could just tell that the crew is having a ball shooting the film, and it is a kick to see a bunch of actors playing themselves. What the film lacks in imagination, it more than makes up for it for sheer crazy. There is nothing inventive in the film’s storytelling, but rather it is just a bunch of actors playing themselves and acting idiotic. Are the cast trying to say something about actors? Maybe so, and so I had a ball watching these guys make a fool out of themselves and that itself is the film’s main draw.
I suppose this is how the “Apatow crew” would react when faced with the apocalypse, if somewhat in an exaggerated way. I found the dialogue to be funny most of the time, and even when the jokes weren’t original, the delivery made up for it. The film exhibits a lot of bad language that this would be a good movie to play a drinking game to. This is the kind of comedy that relies on character sketches and does nothing to expand its premise. It would be easy to dismiss the film as something that allowed laziness and aimlessness into its production and scripting, but really, I think one cannot complain about something when obviously it wasn’t meant to be as such. Still, it could’ve been better if it had a little more behind its screenplay, since Pineapple Express did shit to expand on its main protagonists and its groundwork made the jokes even funnier. “This is the End“ could‘ve benefited from such focus, and merely throwing jokes in the script makes for a funny movie even when the movie itself isn‘t great.
Well, despite the hollow script that may be better than “Your Highness”, I thought the film was able to generate many laughs. It was nice to see the actors make fun of themselves and their past works. Seth Rogen can’t act and “The Green Hornet” sucked major balls. Jokes about Jonah Hill and his ‘ dream encounter’ and Franco’s crazy obsession with movie props were used to advance the script (hey the gun from “Fly Boys“ as the only weapon in the house was hilarious). Danny McBride played the asshole as usual, and he does a great job at it. The film goes really far with its share of obscene and raunchy humor, but sadly, the jokes feel a little worn out after Jay goes into the details of the Biblical apocalypse. I am not sure, I felt that as soon as the demons began appearing to wreak havoc, the film loses some of its forward momentum, as it went a little bit on the sentimentality side. Once the group goes out of the house, it all became predictable and the one joke that I laughed at was the one with McBride and one cameo appearance.
“This is the End” is a movie with a lot of laughs and it did give me a lot to chuckle about. It just wasn’t inspired enough to do something with its premise, that funny as it was, it could’ve been funnier. The film is also rich with cameo appearances from Rihanna, Emma Watson, Aziz Anzari and Kevin Hart but they really did little to advance its plot. The only hilarious cameo was Michael Cera’s since he presents himself as this coked-out individual who is the exact opposite of the roles he had played in the past. Channing Tatum’s one moment cameo also made me snicker (in a disgusted way EW!). Really, “This is the End” is a highly outrageous comedy that does it so well in making fun of itself. Too bad, it could’ve been so much better if it was a little more imaginative, but hey, I am not complaining. It was a fun movie to “space out” with a company of friends, it was a hoot to watch. Recommended! [3 ½ Out of 5 Stars]
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