Director: Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen
Cast: Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Michael Cera, Emma Watson
Screenplay: Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen
Sometimes, you need to go to the movies and just have fun, right? And Thanks to the heavens that comedy visionaries Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen (who I feel has both reinvented the comedy genre for our generation) knows how to do this very well, and made an example of their very entertaining teamwork with another quality film like “This is the End”. The two brought together their minds (which they have before, resulting to a number of very good comedies from the last eight or so years) with the apocalyptic comedy that is undoubtedly the funniest film of the year.
Set in Hollywood, with everybody playing, well…themselves. We follow Jay Baruchel and Seth Rogen (two best friends since childhood) to a party at movie star James Franco’s house. Along with some of the most talented comedians of our generation, they experience Los Angeles during the time of the rapture, and must find ways to exist and survive with each other side by side. The character actors featured in the film are all comedy icons (modern of course, but icons already, nonetheless) that play themselves, or at least a parodied version of themselves, and still leaves us entertained as much as their other pictures, that definitely got audiences laughing out of their seats.
The obvious masterminds here are Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, who has proven themselves countless times before in the comedy genre. Though nothing beats the dirty, whacko fest that was “Superbad” (2007), the two produce yet another comedy gem that will be loved by their fans to include in their very R-rated and well-crated filmographies. The two brought together some of the most well known comics of Hollywood and sprouted a movie that will most definitely be one of the most remembered ones of the year. I like to call this group of boys the “New Age Comedy Team”, whose title were held before by the likes of Ben Stiller and company, and Adam Sandler and company, during their time of “comedy and friends”, which has long passed. These are the boys to watch out for now.
You know that these men are truly good friends because of the ecstatic chemistry between them. One would feel they all have something to do with the screenplay and their personal characterisations. But of course, there are the stick outs. Franco, though an art-house whore, proves that he does much better in comedy and never failed to make me grin with laughter. Jonah Hill, has proven himself in dramatic roles now (set to appear in a Scorsese picture, for God’s sake), but is again the comic standout for me. No matter how big the role, Hill nails it with his precise and gifted comic timing, which ultimately becomes the glue of “This is the End”. Not Baruchel’s whining and bitching, which became rather tiresome and boring to listen to.
The screenplay speaks for itself. It is it’s own direction, as well. The handily crafted words of Rogen and Godlberg are precious when it comes to the funny bone. They hit the spot with the right amount of pop culture references, sex & drug jokes and slapstick comedy. The new King’s of Comedy have most definitely come to town. This just solidifies that they can create quality comedy films without look too stupid. Two thumbs up for entertainment value and wit!