Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg come together once again to bring another comedy to the screen, this time involving most of the actors who have starred in some of the greatest comedies over the past 10 years: Seth Rogen, Craig Robinson, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Michael Cera, Paul Rudd, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Aziz Ansari, Martin Starr, David Krumholtz and Jason Segel. That’s not to mention the cameos from Kevin Hart, Mindy Kaling, Emma Watson, Channing Tatum and the now trying to be an actress but failing, Rihanna. It is truly an all-star cast. This is not like any of the films which these actors have starred in before though: Superbad, Knocked Up, Observe and Report, Role Models, 21 Jump Street, Pineapple Express and Zack and Miri Make a Porno. Yes the types of jokes are quite similar, but this time the actors are all portraying themselves, which adds a little twist to the story.
The story follows Rogen and Baruchel as they reunite in Los Angeles and prepare to spend some quality time hanging out. They are invited to a party at James Franco’s house and after spending a few hours getting down with the other celebrities they feel a large earthquake, the party goers rush outside to find LA burning. A giant sink hole opens up and swallows half of the party guests, forcing Rogen, Baruchel, Hill, Franco and Robinson to flee back into the house. It seems that judgement day is upon them and they must board up the house and try to survive, a task which is proved rather hard when Danny McBride turns up in the morning.
What is great about the film is that Rogen and Goldberg obviously noticed the rise in apocalypse films coming out of tinsel town and thought that the comedy side of armageddon needed to be shown, which does work well throughout most of the movie. It is another one of those mostly improvised comedy dialogue films, which have been great in the past, and if This Is The End is anything to go by, are still great. However at some points certain jokes did go on for longer than they should have done, giving you that thought of ‘okay we’ve laughed at it, move on to something else now’.
It was a par above other comedies for the CGI aspect of the film, which really played in well to the story line and didn’t come across as being too cheesy – apart from the actual ending, which if it was cut out, would have made a better conclusion.
Audiences will definitely have mixed reviews about it though, I think with one of these films you just have to go with it, and go along for the ride, no matter how stupid things get. One of the main reasons people will want to see this film is to witness all of their favourite comedic actors being together, and the shock of half of them being killed off in the first half an hour (I have to admit it was hard not to shed a tear when Jason Segel was taken by the sink hole) does fill in for the, at times, poor dialogue.
As far as these types of films go, This Is The End is level with the best – Pineapple Express, Superbad. Although it is the effects and the plot which keep it on par with them rather than the dialogue, which was slightly weaker. It will be quite interesting to find out, after this mega-comedy, what the film-makers can come up with next.