This Is The End

The star-studded apocalyptic comedy offers multiple laughs and a plot which intertwines with Hollywood’s current end-of-the-world theme.this_is_the_end_movie_poster

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.

Django Unchained

The dialogue master delivers another masterpiece.

Quentin Tarantino, one of the greatest directors and writers of our time, has done it again, creating a motion picture which have all audience members glued to the screen throughout the 2 hours 45 minute film.

This film is slightly different compared to his other works though, where many of his earlier films such as ‘Reservoir Dogs’ (1992) and ‘Pulp Fiction’ (1994), are dialogue driven, keeping the film going with the characters and story line, Django Unchained, still gives the classicDjangoUnchainedOfficialPosterPT aspects of a Tarantino film, but presents the audience with something more. The director shows off how successful his films have been by pulling out more special effects and action, which we saw come to light in ‘Inglourious Basterds’ (2009), than has been seen in his other features. Tarantino makes the effects, which mirror that of Tarantino’s directing friend Robert Rodriguez’s film ‘Planet Terror’ (2007), his own though, and doesn’t over do the action, not letting his fans forget that his work centres around his characters rather than massive explosions.

The film is based in 1858 and centres around Django (Jamie Foxx), a slave who is freed by Dr. King Shultz (Christoph Waltz), who trains Django to become a bounty hunter, like himself. Django agrees, on the condition that once they are done Shultz will help him find his wife, Broomhilda (Kerry Washington). Their journey for his wife leads them to attempt to make a deal with Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), the owner of ‘Candy land’ which is home to hundreds of slaves, including Broomhilda.

The all star cast, which also includes Samuel L. Jackson, Jonah Hill and Quentin Tarantino himself, execute their roles beautifully, Christoph Waltz showed his terrific acting capabilities in ‘Inglourious Basterds’, and although this time he has switched to being a hero rather than a villain, he plays the suavely, sophisticated Dr. King Shultz in a way christopher-waltz-jamie-foxx-django-unchainedwhich will surely secure him a role in the Director’s next picture. Leonardo DiCaprio gives off an essence from his character which will make you want to rid the world of him, just as much as Django. The film is stolen by the the talents of Jamie Foxx, portraying Django in the changes from being a slave, to a bounty hunter, to a hero. Making the audience feel his pain for the wife he has lost, and what he will go through and will do to get her back.

Once again one of the aspects of the film is to shock, mainly with the violence shown towards the slaves, however it is not overdone, the violence is slightly muted in the same way ‘Reservoir Dogs’ was, it is more in the imagination of what is happening that is shocking, rather than the image being on the screen. This is the second time Tarantino has attempted to reinvent a genre in his own way, the first being ‘Inglourious Basterds’. This time it is a western, the genre is captured well with the film, using certain characteristics which define a film of this type, such as the landscape shots, angles at which the camera is placed and the ruthless gun fights between heroes and villains.

Although the film is Tarantino’s longest running, it could be said that it is by far one of his best, with a gripping story line, wonderfully portrayed characters, shocking violence and a soundtrack which any fan will be want to get their hands, Django Unchained, despite Tarantino thinking ‘Inglourious Bastards’ was, truly is his masterpiece.

Quentin Tarantino’s other work:

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Reservoir Dogs ‘1992’

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Pulp Fiction ‘1994’

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Jackie Brown ‘1997’

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Kill Bill Volume 1 ‘2003’

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Kill Bill Volume 2 ‘2004’

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Death Proof ‘2007’

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Inglourious Basterds ‘2009’

21 Jump Street

New Comedy Is Smash Hit

When a new comedy appears on our screens which stars Jonah Hill in it, the question is always asked “will it be as funny as Superbad?” the answer for this film is…no. This film is more about the bond of friendship between two Police officers who through everything always have each other, they still pop the occasional joke in here and there that have the audience in stitches though.

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The story shows two high school students (Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum) who have grown up to become Police officers but aren’t the best at their jobs, and so are transferred to a mission where they are to pose as high school students to try and take down a drug ring in the school.

Throughout the film the jokes do amuse however some to tend to drag out and become stale, we get a great cameo from ‘Ice Cube’ who can not for the life of him stop using the word ‘motherf***er’ when describing Hill and Tatum, which creates a colourful character.

When we think of Jonah Hill we instantly think…comedy, and with great films like ‘Superbad’ and ‘The Sitter’ it’s obvious why. But Channing Tatum in a comedy seems slightly farfetched as we usually see him in films which pull at our love strings such as ‘Dear John’ and most recently ‘The Vow’. However the chemistry between these two really pulls the audience into the story as they are like two bickering brothers.

The film was directed by Phil Lord who is known for directing the hit film ‘Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs’ in 2009. He also Produced some episodes for the show ‘How I Met Your Mother’.

Ok so the film won’t have you in tears but it definitly delivers it’s share of laughs and it’s good to see a new and fresh faced actor (Dave Franco – brother to James Franco) playing the role of the top dog in the crimes.

By the end of the film the audience are really gripped to the plot as it is filled with several twists which are not expected and a humorous sudden ending. There is no doubt that this film has not only been enjoyed at the cinema but will also bring laughter through the DVD.

21 Jump Street is in cinemas now.