This Is The End Review
It’s a bit difficult to explain exactly what makes Seth Rogan and Evan Goldberg’s latest film, This is the End, so very funny – not without spoiling the film, anyway. The film has a number of tricks up its sleeve that combine with the pair’s trademark foul-mouthed humour to make for a strong contender for the best comedy of 2013.
This is the End is over the top in every way, from the apocalyptic setting to the gruesome deaths and the actor’s performances. Each star plays themselves, albeit heightened versions that play upon the public’s perception of them. From the moment a reporter tells uber-stoner Rogan ‘You play the same guy in every movie, right?’ at the start of the film, it is apparent that the actors aren’t shy of taking a few hits to their ego.
At the party that kicks the film off, viewers are treated to cameos from a who’s who of comedy, including Jason Segal, Paul Rudd, Aziz Ansari and Michael Cera, who deserves a special mention as he dominates the first act as a sleazy coke fiend. But, when fire starts raining from the heavens and a sinkhole appears, swallowing most of the celebrity party-goers, the film kicks up a notch.
The remaining group continuously squabble as they struggle to survive, as their inflated egos and spoiled actor sensibilities get in the way. Apart from Rogen there is Jay Baruchel the outcast, ladies’ man Craig Robinson, a pretentious James Franco, an overly nice Jonah Hill and Danny McBride as a douchebag the calibre of his Eastbound and Down character Kenny Powers. The jokes flow freely from the six mates in a characteristically filthy manner as they barely manage to stay alive.
As mentioned before, the film is full of surprises, which apart from being hilarious, are timely as well. Just as you think the film might be starting to coast, a certain Harry Potter cast member breaks into the stronghold or a demon does something unspeakable to an Academy Award nominee.
This is the End is laugh-out-loud funny from start to finish, so if you are a fan of Rogan and co’s brand of comedy, don’t hesitate to see it.