This is the End Review

Directors:
Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Writers:
Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Stars:
James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson

Summary: While attending a party at James Franco’s house, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and many other celebrities are faced with the apocalypse.

Longtime friends and collaborators Even Goldberg and Seth Rogen have done plenty of films together. From Superbad to Pineapple Express and even The Green Hornet, the two have had a writing/acting partnership that has had its share of ups and downs. But with This is the End, Goldberg and Seth have gotten together once more to not only star and write, but also direct, delivering what might just be their best effort yet.

Based on a short film Rogen and Baruchel did back in 2007, This is the End takes these longtime friends, along with plenty of others, and drops them smack dab in the middle of the apocalypse, and what an apocalypse it is! If you have seen any of the trailers for this film (and how could you not) then you know what to expect here. What you may not expect however, is that the majority of the scenes featured in the promotional material occur within the first thirty minutes. Thankfully this leaves the rest of the film to be an exciting and surprising affair.

If you have seen any of the films these guys have starred in, then you should have an idea on whether or not you will enjoy this one. You will be getting the same style of pot fueled spontaneous raunchy humor as before. For those that have enjoyed these stars past work, then you are in for one hell of a treat, and if you haven’t, maybe you will still enjoy the ride.

From the very beginning I was enjoying myself with This is the End. On opening night the theater was packed and it seemed every single person attending was having a great time. Line after line this film just seems to get to you. From the props to the set design to the amazing chemistry between the actors, This is the End works on many levels. It is evident that those working on this film had a great time doing so, and that energy comes through in every frame.

While the majority of the film was created on the spot from the cast, This is the End still features a through line that carries the entire movie. The magnified personas on display here are perfectly played up based around how fans perceive them to be. Seth is the slacky stoner, Hill is overly sensitive and fake, Franco is high and mighty, McBride is a madman, and so on. The main heart of the film however, and there is a heart here, comes with the much less popular Baruchel.

While the rest of the cast have been headlining films for years, Baruchel has been less prolific, only recently getting more screen time in films such as Tropic Thunder and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Baruchel is the “everyman” in this film, giving the audience someone to get behind and a proper view of the events that transpire. With the majority of these guys having been friends for years (Francos and Rogen’s Freaks and Geeks past is perfectly acknowledged here) Baruchel feels like the odd man out, in both casting and script, and the film gets behind that perfectly.

Seth and Jay’s relationship carries this film forward, with both feeling they are drifting apart as Rogen becomes more “Hollywood” and Baruchel trying to stay true to his Canadian roots. Their friendship is the proper spine this film needed to stand tall, while the action and comedy are fantastic, viewers still need a reason to root for this group to succeed, even in the midst of the end of the world.

Goldberg and Rogen have done an incredible job here, taking such a dark and depressing subject matter and turning it into the backdrop for one of the funniest and most surprising comedies in years. The cast does a phenomenal job of making themselves both vile and endearing, the special effects are surprisingly impressive, and the soundtrack is pretty damn great too. This is the End turned out to be the best movie going experience I have had since seeing The Avengers, and that’s pretty great. Also, it features plenty of great cameo’s with two absolutely delightful surprises. – Chuck

The Rundown

  • + Chemistry is fantastic
  • + Lots of surprises
  • + Nods to past work
  • –  Won’t change your opinion on the cast

Final Score

8.5 / 10

“Great”

4 thoughts on “This is the End Review

  1. The world could use a good laugh right now, and I’m glad to see that this movie is doing well. Can’t wait to see it myself. Great review!

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