Thanks to Sony Pictures Australia, we had the chance to see Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen‘s apocalyptic comedy This Is The End before its Australian cinematic release. This is our review of the film – but as usual – no matter what we say; we recommend that you still go to your local cinema and see the film because: There is no better critic than yourself!
Based on the short film ‘Jay and Seth vs. The Apocalypse’, This Is The End finds a group of comedy stars, including Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and Craig Robinson, at James Franco‘s housewarming to which singer Rihanna, Harry Potter star Emma Watson and the always ‘quiet’ Michael Cera are also invited. All seems to be going well, with plenty of alcohol and enough drugs to party for days, when a series of earthquakes, mysterious lights and fireballs start falling from the sky. This is followed by the appearance of sinkholes that drag everything and everyone around, with most of the guests dying, including some A-listers who make fleeting cameos before passing away in the funniest possible way.
As the first impact ends, the 6 remaining survivors (Franco, Hill, Rogen, Baruchel, Robinson and Danny McBride) struggle for survival at Franco’s house after discovering that Judgement Day has arrived and only good people will be saved. And, of course, none of them is on the list, resulting in the most hilarious scenarios about finding true redemption.
This Is The End is a peculiar film, since every single actor plays themselves; and, because they’re long-standing friends, they can easily joke about each other and their films. There are some hilarious bits concerning a potential sequel to Pineapple Express, and random moments including a fight for the last Milky Way in the house, the search for water, taking turns reading an adult magazine and the implementation of a video camera for recording reality show-style confessions.
The film may be considered as the longest and funniest comedy experiment ever, its non-stop slapstick keeping you firmly in your seat sit from beginning to end. You’ll alternate between laughing out loud and wondering whether it’s for real— every joke is so natural and so random among the group. Moreover, to make it even more random, some esoteric topics are introduced halfway through; so don’t be surprised if you see the funniest exorcism ever performed or demons trying to take down (literally) some of the stars of the film.
It’s hard to go into more depth reviewing This Is The End, as it’s a strange production. But its unusual formula yields flawless results and it doesn’t try to be more or less than alluded to by the plot setups of its first 15 minutes. It’s an extremely funny ride that is sure to remain one of the year’s best comedies…And as Seth Rogen himself said when introducing the film to Australian audiences: “Sorry for what you are about to see…(Insert Rogen’s laugh here) ha ha ha ha ha ha”.
This Is The End opens in Australia on July 18, 2013 and it’s a must-watch film. You won’t regret it!