THIS IS THE END: THE REVIEW

This one completely slipped me and the Kernels by, didn’t even realise it had released until Salty Kernel, Claire Smith, mentioned she couldn’t find a review for it on the site – all fixed, thanks Claire 🙂 Claire is sad after her screening of THE WORLD’S END failed to garner any love from her. She was fearing having cutlery thrown at her and so has made it up in spades, and probably more so to prove to you all that she really does love a good crazy comedy so without further ado please enjoy Kernel Claire’s review of THIS IS THE END. The film is worthwhile in my opinion just to see the Hermione scene and I am racing to publish Claire’s review so I can make the 240pm session 🙂

 

Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Jason Segel, Mindy Kaling, Aziz Ansari, David Krumholtz, Rihanna, Kevin Hart, Jason Segel, Claire Smith
THIS IS THE END – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel attend a party at James Franco’s house with a host of other self-referential celebrities. During the shindig, a series of catastrophic events occur in downtown Los Angeles which cause six celebrities to hide out in Franco’s mansion until their end of days.

This movie had promise right from the outset. A teaser trailer featuring Franco and Rogen bunking down together and arguing over food supplies had me intrigued from the get-go. Then came the poster. A muppets-esque style of image with six comedians all squished into the frame, apparently fighting over the space. Curiosity steadily increasing. Then finally a full length trailer emerges. A mix of hand held camcorder and studio-shot camera work that finally reveals a little more about the story.

 

Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Jason Segel, Mindy Kaling, Aziz Ansari, David Krumholtz, Rihanna, Kevin Hart, Jason Segel, Claire Smith
THIS IS THE END – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

This Is The End – now before I go on, This Is The End is the American film with the comedians getting cabin fever, not the Shaun of the Dead pub run British one (The World’s End). The distributors decided to release two similar themed films with similar names within a week of each other – this will surely cause arguments at the ticket office.

This Is The End lives its story-line large. It doesn’t mess around with neat resolutions and happy endings, this is real apocalyptic stuff with a half-dozen well known celebs like musician Rhianna and geek-chic Michael Cera (Arrested Development, Scott Pilgrim) being snuffed out in the first major incident, never to be seen again. It’s a high-stakes, high-energy, take no prisoners, leave nothing in the reserve tank sort of comedy, and it’s a delight to watch.

 

Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Jason Segel, Mindy Kaling, Aziz Ansari, David Krumholtz, Rihanna, Kevin Hart, Jason Segel, Claire Smith
THIS IS THE END – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

The plethora of recognisable celebs all play themselves (or at least a chosen version of themselves with the same moniker) in a wonderful self-deprecating style. James Franco (127 Hours, Oz The Great and Powerful) is unabashedly dough-eyed for Seth Rogen’s (Knocked Up,Pineapple Express) loveable lugg of a character in the midst of a friendship war with Jay Baruchel (Tropic Thunder, Million Dollar Baby) who is visiting L.A from his and Seth’s hometown in Canada.

The action builds and builds in this rapid-fire comedy and was actually borderline scary in a couple of scenes (I admit, I whelped a little, when a particular beasty unexpectedly and rapidly emerged during one scene). The storyline lives it large and no-one is safe inside the house or out. It doesn’t play on old cliche’s that we’ve seen a thousand times in these end-of-days type films, but more plays on the ethos of nothing is sacred and no-one is spared from the roasting, both from the dangers outside the house, or the ruthless tauntings of the celebs inside.

 

Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Jason Segel, Mindy Kaling, Aziz Ansari, David Krumholtz, Rihanna, Kevin Hart, Jason Segel, Claire Smith
THIS IS THE END – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

Unlike some of the self-deprecating comedy that I’ve seen in the past, where the audience can feel excluded from a series of “in-jokes” between the celebs, This Is The End plays the balance perfectly; allowing us into their showbiz world to be included in the jokes, and not only that, agreeing with their point of view. It helps that the celebs are playing accentuated and caricatured versions of themselves, like Jonah Hill (21 Jump Street, Superbad) as a camp-as-a-row-of-tents fan-boy of Seth and Jay. Or Danny McBride (Your Highness, Up in the Air) as the irresponsible, irritating supply’s-wasting friend that no-one wants to live with, but who can’t ethically be tossed into the dangerous outside world.

 

Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Jason Segel, Mindy Kaling, Aziz Ansari, David Krumholtz, Rihanna, Kevin Hart, Jason Segel, Claire Smith
THIS IS THE END – THE SALTY POPCORN REVIEW

 

This film is delightful. I haven’t had this much fun in a movie since Warm Bodies came out. It’s high energy, big risks, great fun.

If you’re looking for a great escape and are keen to have a laugh at some light stoner-style comedy and comedic-roastings of minor celebs, then this is the movie for you.

I absolutely loved this film. It only loses a half-mark for being slightly self-indulgent at times and for occasionally playing a couple of jokes past their funny zone. But apart from that I just adored this one. I’ve got my eyes on the blu-ray already and am planning to see it at the cinema again before it’s run ends.

This is The End gets a hearty 4 and a 1/2 pops out of five from me. Go and see it while it’s still in cinemas.

 

KERNEL CLAIRE’S POP SCORE:
4 and a Half Pops
SALTY’S SCORE AND COMMENT: “BEST ENDING EVER – I LOVE YOU JAY BARUCHEL :)”
4 Pops