Wednesday, June 12, 2013
by: Ryan Grudinski
Have you ever made a movie with a bunch of your really funny friends where you could pretty much do whatever the fuck you want? Seth Rogen and his buddies did, and now you can go see it. The thing is, I doubt my friends are nearly as funny as Seth and all of his friends, so the movie my friends and I end up making would probably end up sucking. This movie, however, is a different story. This Is The End is the story of old friends, and new friends and the apocalypse. Jay Baruchel (Himself) is in town to visit his buddy Seth Rogen (Himself, too) and Seth decided to let Jay know that the plan is to go to a party at James Franco (Self)'s house. Jay isn't too keen on this idea, as he doesn't really like Seth's new friends (namely Jonah Hill (Played by Tom Cruise... kidding... Self) So the story begins there. What follows is pretty much paint by numbers, plot wise, but that's not really the point. I go to a film like this expecting only one thing; to laugh. I was not disappointed. There are pretty much wall to wall laughs throughout the film, and while a lot of it may be low brow type of humor, that's to be expected from this group of guys, and they do it damn well. If you haven't seen the red band trailers, or any of the footage that came out online over the past few months, good. Don't. There is a lot of great stuff that is spoiled for a first time viewing because it's been all over the internet for the past 5 months. If you have seen that stuff, it's really not a big deal, because it's all still funny, and there's enough good unseen material to make it worth a viewing. My favorite scene is the one with the magazine. You'll know it when you see it. There are certainly a good amount of self deprecating jokes about these guys film careers, but I found myself wanting more of these types of jokes.
Acting: *** 1/2
Writing: **** (Although, I'm pretty sure it's 90% improv)
Direction: *** 1/2
Technical: Honestly, there are some action scenes that are shot in a more coherent manner than anything I've seen Michael Bay shit onto the screen.
X-Factors: These guys are fun to watch, and they're funny as shit. I want to be friends with them.
Verdict: *** 1/2
Will This Movie end up in my collection? Hell yeah, I look forward to seeing all the unused improvised lines, as usual!