April 24, 2013 at 9:19 pm #100489
My Full Review from a Screening tonight in Boston
seeing The Way Way Back tomorrow
Overall hilarious film, enjoyed it a lotApril 24, 2013 at 10:03 pm #100491
I’ve been looking forward to this one. I’m a fan of pretty much all of the comedians involved, and I love the choice of cameos I’ve seen so far (Emma Watson!). I’m glad you liked it. Both ‘Superbad’ and ‘Pineapple Express’ are among my favorite comedies in recent years.April 25, 2013 at 12:14 am #100492
i’m gonna watch the shit outta this movie. gonna be hilariousApril 25, 2013 at 8:20 am #100493
This movie looks good.June 12, 2013 at 4:33 am #100494
Just got back from the midnight screening. I’m super tired, and I have work in 2 hours, so I’ll be brief for now: funniest movie of the year so far, and one of the best films that Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have ever written. It’s clever, pokes fun at celebrity culture, pokes tons of fun at the leads themselves (Franco and Jonah Hill especially), and features a ton of cameos, three in particular that are very funny. Most importantly it has heart, and it’s not at all self-indulgent. Of the leads (Rogen, Baruchel, Franco, Hill, Robinson, and McBride) I actually liked Hill the most who plays a very creepily nice version of himself who seems to be constantly acting as fake and artificially friendly as possible. I’ll have more to say on it tomorrow after sleeping and work.June 12, 2013 at 12:00 pm #100495
‘This Is The End’, 2013
Dir.- Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg
‘This Is The End’ is a riotous send up of celebrity culture, movie star egos, and even morals- what’s right and wrong, and knowing who your real friends are. An excellent screenplay and strong direction by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg drive this film about 6 celebrity “friends” (Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Jay Baruchel, and Danny McBride) hunkered down in Franco’s mansion after an apocalyptic disaster strikes during a huge party (in which there are tons of cameos). Coming to the realization that they are only actors, and have no real experience with surviving in the real world let alone a disaster (or as Robinson puts it, they’re soft as baby shit), the six comedians soon find themselves questioning each other’s motives as they ration food and draw matches for who must make runs for water outside where strange creatures roam and the Hollywood hills burn like hell itself.
Baruchel is the straight man (like he was in ‘Tropic Thunder’), trying to stay as calm as one can under such circumstances, but mostly he just wants to get away from the Hollywood douchebags he believes are corrupting his best friend, Rogen. Robinson is his usual sweet and funny self, and McBride is a total nutjob. Franco and Hill have fun skewring their images more than the rest, with allusions being made to Franco’s sexuality and his pretentious attitude towards what he considers art (such as birth and Subway sandwiches, which he hilariously uses as examples). Hill, in my personal favorite performance in the film, plays himself as a creepy Hollywood phoney, forcing a smile and being overly generous and nice to everyone, which McBride points out is only because he started taking himself too seriously after his Oscar nomination for ‘Moneyball’.
There’s an underlying theme here of friendship, and how people can change to fit into a crowd and start drifting away from the friends they grew up with, especially in Hollywood, and it adds heart to all of the raunchy, disturbing, satirical, “Oh, my god, did that really just happen?” hilarity. Of the cameos, Michael Cera and Emma Watson are hilarious playing against type, Cera as a coked up overly sexual scum bag, and Watson as a foul-mouthed, ax wielding, take-no-prisoners badass. There’s another fantastic cameo in the third act that I dare not reveal, but it got a huge reaction out of the audience.
Although there are a few moments in the middle that drag ever so slightly where Rogen and Goldberg let the guys improv for extended periods, ‘This Is The End’ is the best comedy of the year so far, and one of my favorites in recent memory. I highly recommend it.
Review Grade: A-June 12, 2013 at 12:25 pm #100496
Nice to see the studios releasing films with some apparent creativity and smarts amid the usual suspects. This grossed 50% better than Now You See It for its initial evening showings, so if it gets a good reaction could be a very solid performer.June 13, 2013 at 10:42 am #100498
If this keeps up, James Franco might be considered a candidate for EW Entertainer of the Year.June 15, 2013 at 8:17 am #100499
Insane film. No other way to describe it really. The fractured take on celebrity culture was great to watch, and I would have wanted to see even more of that happen. The horror aspect of the film I wasn’t expecting to be as graphic as it was. Very funny and profane throughout, which is just how I like it. Lots of impressive scene-stealers and cameo appearances. Danny McBride takes the cake though. More later.June 15, 2013 at 11:07 pm #100500
This was fantastic and probably my favorite “bro comedy” since Superbad.
It’s absolutely nuts but some of the exchanges between the cast had the entire (packed) audience in tears. There’s the usual gross stuff but also some legitimately hilarious interplay between the actors. There’s been a lot of talk about the end — I loved it.
This is a huge week for movies… Before Midnight is one of my favorite movies post-2000 and This is the End is one of my favorite comedies post-2000. Franco and Jonah Hill deserve special credit for their portrayals…June 15, 2013 at 11:25 pm #100501
Watched it with a couple of my buddies, and we all loved it. Hilarious, raunchy, and just great chemistry between the actors. I don’t think it would have worked otherwise. Easily one of my favorite comedies in the recent years. Jonah Hill (I hate the guy) but he was hilarious. Same for James Franco.