Movie review: This Is the End


This Is the End is the story of what happens when James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, and Danny Mcbride (who all play themselves) are partying when the apocalypse begins to happen. This film is hands down one of the most fun, hilarious, star-packed films that I have ever seen.

The movie sets up the precedent that Jay Baruchel doesn’t feel as comfortable around all of the other stars as Seth Rogen does since he really is just a nice dude from Canada. Seth Rogen insists they go to James Franco’s party where many other celebrities from the Judd Apatow crew are present, even the minor characters who only have had guest roles. The few other AMAZING surpriese cameos include Emma, Watson, Channing Tatum, and Rhianna.

From the get go the comedic tone is set, but it’s not until the apocalypse begins to happen that the movie really takes flight. Only a few of the crew survives the first stage of the apocalypse, and they have to figure out a way to ration food, fight demons, survive, and fight boredom. What they do to fight boredom provides one of the most greatest movies within a movie (a sequel to an Apatow favorite) I have ever seen, creating an eruption of cheers among the movie-goers.

What really surprised me the most was the origin of the apocalypse and transformation of characters that took place, really making you understand the characters more and more. What I will say though is that the film is not for the faint of heart, or easily offended. The movie is filled with gruesome deaths, rape jokes, religious themes, and cursing, which is to be expected in this kind of movie, or any other Seth Rogen film.

To be fair I should tell you that I am a huge fan of the films and TV shows, which include the actors from above. I was excited for it when I first heard it was in pre-production, and I constantly quoted the films in everyday life. But I did see it with a few average movie goers who aren’t die-hard fans like I am, and they all equally agreed that “It was pretty fucking funny.”

Overall I would suggest being ready for the unexpected, to possibly piss yourself, and to have quite a bit of fun while watching This Is the End.

This Is the End comes out this Wednesday June 12, 2013 to a theater near you.

Grade: A

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