Thursday, April 25, 2013

Review: This is the End

Release Date:  June 12, 2013
Running Time: About 105 minutes
Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill
Who to see it with: A fan of any of the above actors


This is the End is really two movies rolled into one.  The start is an amazingly funny party movie where all the actors play over the top versions of themselves at a party at James Franco's house.  Seeing all the actors acting as crazy versions of themselves is really enjoyable and laugh out loud funny.  From James Franco trying to be best friends with Seth Rogen, super nice Jonah Hill, and ultra crazy Michael Cera, this is the most enjoyable part of the movie.  Throughout the party, random celebrities make cameos and you never know who you will see next. 

After the party, the film becomes an apocalypse survival movie as the remaining characters try to survive in James Franco's house after the world is destroyed.  This makes up the bulk of the movie and although it starts out enjoyable, it begins to drag on as more and more ridiculousness ensues.  I wouldn't say this is bad by any means but it's not as good as the amazing first thirty minutes and feels like it goes on a little too long.  The movie picks up towards the end and has an absolutely fantastic end.  As previously mentioned, the actors are great as exaggerated versions of themselves and the writing is sharp and funny.  If you are a fan of any of these actor's movies, then you will enjoy this one.  There are some odd biblical references and a lot of the humor is crude, but This is the End is still an enjoyable journey with an absolutely fantastic ending!

See it.

PS - There is no stinger at the end of the credits.

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