This Is the End
June 11, 2013

Last night, I got to see a preview of This Is the End, a horror comedy that opens tomorrow.

This Is the End poster

As you can see from the poster, it stars James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride all playing themselves — or the version of themselves they want to show for this story. The premise starts by exploring what it means to be friends, and how you combine your old and new groups. Old friend Jay is visiting Seth in LA, and Seth drags Jay to a party at James’ house to hang out with his new buddies.

Various celebrities — Michael Cera, Jason Segal, Mindy Kaling, David Krumholtz, Rihanna, Emma Watson — also make cameos as themselves, but aside from the jabs at their careers or popularly known personalities, the story is really about how the six core guys fall apart completely when disaster strikes. You see, the party ends when the apocalypse begins, and the good people are taken up to heaven while the others have to cope with sinkholes to hell, demons, and everything on fire in their attempt to survive. The real danger, though, is the selfishness of other people.

It’s stupid but funny, willing to be raunchy or gross or crude or tasteless for the sake of the joke. (Seriously, don’t go if you’re bothered by drug humor or dick references or rape jokes, to name just three of the areas wallowed in in depth.) The effects are well-done, as is the acting, because I believed these guys, previously sheltered in their world of drugs and partying, were seriously freaking out and contemplating what their lives meant. At one point, someone tries to justify that they weren’t all that bad, talking about how acting brings happiness to people, but there’s a much more old-fashioned take on morality under it all.

A woman behind me, as everyone was leaving, said that she laughed a lot, but she felt like every time she did, she was guaranteeing that she wouldn’t be one of those going to heaven. That’s a pretty good summation.

6 Responses  
Dwight Williams writes:  

Yeah. That would probably describe me, too. Were I taken up by the Rapture – should it ever happen in my lifetime (if at all!) – my first reaction to arrival in Heaven would likely be complete shock.

James Schee writes:  

Sure are a lot of end of the world type movies these days. Are people that cynical about our futures these days? LoL I just saw Rapture Palooza with Anna Kendrick, and will be curious to see how this compares.

Johanna writes:  

Oh, I’ve got that on my queue. It does seem to be a new but popular genre, doesn’t it? Then again, they were doing movies about angels trying to bring about the Rapture back in the 1940s.

James Schee writes:  

True, though an odd vibe these days. It used to be “Oh no let’s try and be better” now it is more “Oh crap!” Then, “Oh well, let’s try to make the best of it for as long as possible.”

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