This is the End review

Director:
Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen
Cast:
James Franco
Jonah Hill
Seth Rogen
Jay Baruchel
Danny McBride
Craig Robinson
Rated: R

“This is the End” is a simple enough story. It’s a movie following the biblical rapture, what’s different is it just so happens to be through the perspective of comedic actors.

The film begins with Jay Baruchel visiting Seth Rogen. The two are spending some time together in Los Angeles and Seth decides they should go to a house warming party at James Franco’s new place. Although Jay is hesitant, they go anyways.

During the party, chaos begins to ensue as earthquakes begin and sinkholes start appearing. Many celebrities who were at Franco’s party end up dying in the calamity and the survivors take refuge in Franco’s house. They include Franco himself, Seth, Jay, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson and Jonah Hill. What follows is a lot of insanity in the house as the six try to survive the seeming apocalypse.

The movie has a story going on, there’s a bit of drama happening between Jay and Seth during the flick. However, this seems to me as more of a plot device along with the apocalypse happening outside. The film is more or less a string of gags and scenarios, and they are hilarious. This is one of the more humorous flicks in a while. Every scene introduces a new dilemma and there are plenty of funny arguments going on during them.

The characters in the movie are basically the actors playing themselves, and with that, they take a lot of jabs at each others’ careers, and it really works. It is really apparent that the six main actors, and even some of the cameos, had fun poking fun at themselves, and that fun transcended on to the audience. The biggest scene that portrays this is a great bit where the group makes a cheap trailer for a sequel to “Pineapple Express.”

The film even points out towards the beginning with Seth Rogen, that these actors have been playing similar characters in each of their films, and to be fair, they play those characters again here. This time though, they actually make fun of the characters they play in most of their movies and in a way they sort of break the fourth wall and make it more funny, it is a very self aware film.

“This is the End” is not a movie where you can go in expecting a real developing story. It’s more about these actors just having a good time and making a lot of good, funny jokes and gags. The film seems to get funnier and funnier as things progress. The cast work so well with each other and there is so much comedic timing and chemistry here and the fact that they can have a good time poking fun at each others’ careers makes it even better.

“This is the End” is one funny ride and it gets a solid 4 out of 5.

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Author: Matthew Liedke

I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, and I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2009 graduate of Rainy River College and a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University in Moorhead. At MSU, I studied journalism and film. Outside of movies, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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