This Is the End (2013)

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This is the End

This post features spoilers hence avoid this post if you haven’t seen the movie but by now, I assume you have so just keep reading – just keep reading.

I knew I wanted to see This Is the End in the cinema right after I saw its home video styled teaser trailer featuring James Franco and Seth Rogen hiding in the basement. Then the trailer came out and made me even more thrilled about this Summer’s big block buster comedy featuring the end of the world. So it’s fair to say that I was very hyped up about this movie but as per protocol, that exhilarating feeling I had before seeing This Is the End was eventually its biggest downfall.

Since it’s already September and I saw this way back when it was still in the cinemas, getting back to the world of This Is the End might be a bit of a challenge. On the other hand, this review is definitely also not the most current news but I couldn’t skip it for various reasons. First of, as I already mentioned, I was super thrilled about seeing this movie and to some extent it was all worth it. Though I guess with comedies you can never be 100% in love with every single joke and there’s always that one scene that you aren’t particularly a fan of. Obviously this applies for This Is the End as well, not all of it was perfect and funny but for me it has a huge advantage over the mediocre comedies – the outrageous plot that simply worked.

These past few years have been lacking with fresh ideas when it comes to comedies, or at least, this is the sad opinion I’ve managed to develop. The jokes are getting dirtier and dirtier as the time passes, This Is the End is no different with that trend but it at least has a good excuse – the world is ending, all bets are off and let the filthy dialog commence.Β  With the unlimited amount of availabilities with such an unreal plot This Is the End kept it quite compact and didn’t introduce too much in a short period of time. Of course they had some outrageous things in the end but it worked and I laughed a lot. Aside from the storyline, the chemistry between the characters, who were actually the actors playing themselves, was especially delightful because half the appeal of the movie was the fact that they were just over-the-top versions of themselves.

Two main guys were Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel, both decent actors and always the good guys in my eyes: as expected they were both quite good. Rogen obviously stood out and shined more than Baruchel but it might be my own personal thing because I love Rogen. Another standout was James Franco and I know he has a lot of enemies and many bloggers don’t get his appeal but I like him! Yes, he is all about his art but This Is the End proved that he is willing to make fun of that fact and everybody who can laugh at themselves is a great person. Besides, his own version of himself was probably the best interpretation in the movie.

Obviously there were many more characters, including Jonah Hill, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson who were all there to offer great comic relief and in one of the cases, couple of scares. Indeed, I was sold on the comedy part before I even saw the movie but I had no idea they would actually go as far as make it into a hybrid with horror. Yes, the end of the world implies some horrific things but demon possession was definitely one of those surprise plot elements that This Is the End had to offer.

There were a lot, and I mean A LOT of cameo’s in This Is the End and it’s hard to point out all of them because, well, there’s no point. But I do want to emphasize one particular cameo that made me laugh so hard that I was in spasms and those who have seen the movie probably know that I’m talking about Channing Tatum. Respect! Eventually, This Is the End was all about those great moments and there were many of them… but not enough. The middle part of the movie failed to deliver but the strong end overshadowed those faults. Looking back, I was laughing a lot but I wasn’t hysterical throughout the movie and I guess I was expecting to be – hence the tiny amount of disappointment.

With that, though there wasn’t much in this review anyway, I will finish off and just say that though there was a lot of profanity (not a fan, guys), it suited the plot and made sense. So, my recommendation to the future filmmakers, if you want to be dirty and make a lot of penis jokes, have a plot that allows it – I might be alone with this but at least I tried to make the comedies less about penises, masturbation and fucking.

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    whirlwind.supernova
    September 14, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    I loved this movie, might be the funniest one I’ve seen this year! I think the whole dirty comedy could be expected, considering the cast they have. Their chemistry was great though, and it looked like they were just tossing one line after the other, just like friends do. The Channing Tatum cameo was the best. Totally unexpected, and I can’t believe he did those things he did on screen. It looks too good to be true.

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      mettelray
      September 14, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      Props to Tatum indeed and I guess with a cast like that the dirtiness is to be expected and like I said, I was okay with it. But I don’t necessarily love this kind of humor.

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    CMrok93
    September 14, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    Hilarious, even if every joke seemed to be an inside one. Good review Ray.

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      mettelray
      September 14, 2013 at 7:33 PM

      I wish I was in their inner circles.

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    ThePeopleIHaveSleptWith
    September 15, 2013 at 4:19 AM

    so good! Michael was so funny!

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    Brittani Burnham
    September 16, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Michael Cera’s cameo was my favorite. God that scene in the bathroom, and him throwing coke on Christopher Mintz-Plasse? Fucking hilarious.

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      mettelray
      September 16, 2013 at 6:26 PM

      Yeah, it was.. but I knew he was there and I knew he was crazy via the trailer but Tatum was a complete shocker! Hence – my fav!

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    sati
    September 19, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Bummer you didn’t like it more, normally I’d agree that all those dick jokes are annoying but when Rogen and Hill are involved I find it hilarious 99% of the time. I just love these guys so much and I have no problem with crude humour if it works, hell they got me laughing at rapey vibes jokes here πŸ™‚

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      mettelray
      September 20, 2013 at 2:17 PM

      I actually was surprised that I didn’t like it more.. but comedies are tricky that way. Depends a lot on the mood as well sometimes.

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    TheMovieWaffler (@themoviewaffler)
    September 21, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    I’m so sick of these gross out comedies. At least this one wasn’t mean spirited or racist but it did absolutely nothing for me.

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      mettelray
      September 21, 2013 at 8:43 PM

      Too bad, I thought it was still better than those other ones in the cinema.

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