This Is The End (2013)

I haven’t laughed so hard that my stomach was hurting in a really long time. This Is The End is possibly the funniest and most original comedy I’ve seen since The Hangover! Everybody is in this movie too. There are tons of cameos by other celebrities and tons of other movie references within this film. Originally, I thought this was just going to be a film that James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride all made because they could. The plot sounded simple enough, “End of the world party at James Franco’s house”. I was so wrong. In fact, I was really far off base.

This Is The End follows Franco, Rogen, Baruchel, Hill, Robinson, and McBride as they fight to survive during the rapture. I love that everyone plays themselves in this movie. It’s a nice turn from some of the less original characters these days. Although, these characters have been slightly adapted to reflect what we (the audience) have come to think of them, or the exact opposite of that we think of them. The story primarily focuses on Baruchel and his attitude towards a lot of these comedians. He’s always been the outcast and despises going to Franco’s party when he wants to be reconnecting with Rogen. At the party, we meet an intelligent/nerdy Franco, a sweet and well-mannered Hill, a compassionate yet crazy Robinson, and an out of control McBride. Those are just the main characters. We also get to see a coke-addicted Michael Cera who is out of control and whose hormone levels are dangerously rising. We get to see some regulars from this group of comedians, like Jason Segel, Martin Starr, David Krumholtz, and even stars like Rihanna and Emma Watson. There are very few people who aren’t in this film.

After the rapture occurs, a sinkhole effectively kills off most of the party-goers and leaves the six “friends” trapped at Franco’s house. Within the confines of the house, the gang doesn’t really put a lot of thought into what’s really going on. They do a lot of drugs, drink a lot of alcohol, crack some gut-busting jokes, and assume that they’ll get rescued. Well, they don’t. If it really is the rapture, they’ve got another thing coming. The gang has to fight to survive the rapture and each other. Personally, I think the internal conflict of the group fuels a lot of surprising and hilarious moments. With these guys in a movie, you know it’s going to be pretty funny. However, they’ve taken it to a whole ‘nother level. Some of the things they say and do are incredibly vulgar (as expected), but will have you in tears as you try to comprehend what just happened. The comedy in this film isn’t the only thing it’s got going for it. We get a great story, great character development, and one of the best films that I’ve seen this Summer! There’s much enjoyment to be had, but a couple of things could have been done a little bit better to take it to the next level. Without further ado, I present Tiffany’s Top Ten Thoughts on This Is The End!

They’re getting cuddly while watching their newly made, Pineapple Express 2!

What I Enjoyed

What I Didn’t Enjoy

First off, I love the idea of these celebrities playing themselves. It’s original and it’s hilarious!

Michael Cera dies way too soon. His character is constantly funny with his actions and words, and it would’ve been nice to hear/see more from him.

Jay Baruchel’s character is really relatable. He doesn’t want to change and that makes him an outcast.

While it’s awesome that there are a lot of celebrities and stars in this film, we don’t get to spend much time seeing what they’re like. I love Jason Segel and Paul Rudd, but they only have a few lines.

I loved seeing the celebrities play themselves according to how the media portrays them, or opposite that.

The movie does run a bit long. It’s two hours long, but I think a good ten minutes could’ve been cut, that would also keep the comedy consistent.

A lot of the comedy revolves around the gang poking fun at each others movies and characteristics. (Lots of Green Hornet and SpiderMan 3 Jokes)

We don’t see enough of Emma Watson. She is great in this movie and lets loose, but doesn’t play too big of a role.

The Biblical rapture adds a pretty cool layer to the film. They didn’t get saved, so they have to fight for redemption and survival.

I know that Baruchel, Rogen, Franco, and Hill have all done movies together, but Robinson seems like an unliekly choice compared to Segel or others.

The comedy in this film is vulgar and wildly inappropriate, but that’s the stuff that will have you close to peeing in your pants. It’s absurd and weird and I loved it!

There are a few scenes that go on for a while, and it’s not that they aren’t funny (they’re hilarious), they just keep going for a while.

This movie is not only comedy. There are a lot of “horror” moments, as well as some heartfelt dramatic moments. The genres blend really well.

Some of the images will be a tad bit much for some people. I thought they were hilarious though.

The in-real-life relationships these guys have in the film definitely helps their on-screen relationships. They know each other very well and work very well together.

There were no bloopers or anything after the credits! I can only imagine the improv that these guys did. Guess I’ll wait until it comes out on DVD…

The idea of God and The Rapture in this film makes the characters re-evaluate their lives, and after some jokes about the whole ordeal, they begin to start trying to be better people. Great character development occurs due to this (in the forms of comedy and drama).

The ending is kind of ridiculous, but fits the story well. I wish they explored the ending a bit more.

You can tell that they had a lot of fun making this and that makes it a lot of fun for the audience. It’s an all around great movie that is the funniest and most original comedy that I’ve seen since The Hangover!

I dislike the sore feeling in my stomach from laughing so hard at this movie. You’ll find yourself in the same position, but it’s totally worth it.

Overall:

I really struggled to find things that I disliked about this film. If anything, my biggest complaint would be that the movie wasn’t long enough and didn’t get to explore its’ supporting cast long enough. There is a lot of vulgar language and some grotesque visuals, but that’s got to be expected when you’re dealing with these guys. If that’s not your cup of tea, this isn’t the movie for you. If you’re like me, and you love to laugh hysterically at a comedy that’s also a good movie, then this needs to be a movie you see this weekend. I missed quite a few lines in the movie because I could not stop laughing at what I had just heard. This group of actors is ridiculously funny and their chemistry makes it even better. It’d be like doing a movie with your best friends (which I thought this would end up being). This movie will surprise you in the sense that it’s not just a comedy to get you laughing, but a well thought out story that’s original and incorporates many different film genres. The cameos in this film are phenomenal (I won’t spoil any) and the supporting cast (from what you get to see) was amazing as well. It’s a really great film that will have you laughing from start to finish, but will also connect with you on certain emotional levels. This is by far the best comedy of 2013, and perhaps even since The Hangover! You really don’t want to miss the movie! So, please go see it this weekend. I promise you, it won’t disappoint!

This Is The End Trailer

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYlQOutbjZA

This Is The End (Red Band Trailer) *Warning: This trailer contains explicit material!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i24fo2W5EaE

4 STARS!!!

 

4 / 5 stars     

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