Last week, I was able to catch an advanced screening of This is the End with a select group of people at AMC. Prior to the screening, I had seen the trailer a handful of times and my general feelings towards the movie were positive. My only concern was that all of the actors and celebrities in the movie were going to be playing themselves and that had me a little nervous. However, I am glad that the studio execs allowed James Franco, Seth Rogen, etc. to play themselves in the movie. This is the End is the best comedy of the 2013 (by far) and one of the best comedies in the past few years.
Directed by: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Starring: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera, Emma Watson
Written by: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Release Date: June 12th
“While attending a party at James Franco’s house, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and many other celebrities are faced with the apocalypse.” –IMDB
- Danny McBride: McBride is the best part of the movie. He comes across essentially as Kenny Powers without the mullet. Nearly every scene that McBride is involved in turns out some deep gut-wrenching laughter. The most notable scene comes when McBride and James Franco get into a verbal argument about half-way into the movie.
- The Rest of the Cast: The entire cast was great and nearly all of the actors/ actresses turn in solid, funny performances. This is the End is a character driven movie so it would not have worked without these actors.
- Cameos: There really are some great cameos throughout this film from beginning to end. There are two particular cameos (I won’t spoil them for you) that come at the end that make for a great way to close the film. Other cameos include Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Rihanna, Kevin Hart, Jason Segal, Aziz Ansari, Mindy Kaling, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Paul Rudd, etc.
- Jay Baruchel/Seth Rogen Side Story: In the opening scene, Seth Rogen picks up Jay Baruchel from the airport and it is clear that Baruchel would rather be in Canada and does not like the Hollywood lifestyle. Baruchal does not get along without most of Rogen’s friends and feels like an outcast for the majority of the movie. The result is just tiresome and unnecessary. However, it does make for some funny scenes between Jonah Hill and Baruchal.
- Craig Robinson: Robinson got as much screen time as anyone else in this movie and I did not find any of his scenes that funny. I never found his character, Darryl, on The Office all that funny. Maybe it’s just that I don’t find Craig Robinson’s work enjoyable which is why he does not work for me in This is the End.
Being able to watch This is The End was a great experience. It felt like a classic Judd Apatow movie, except without Judd Adaptow. The movie has a wide-range of comedy and should appeal to a mass audience. I hope we start to see more films where the actors are able to play themselves and poke fun at each other.