Sunday, June 16, 2013

Bechtloff Movie Night: This is the End (2013)

In this end of the world comedy Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco and many more all play themselves as the rapture happens during a party at Franco's house. Most of the guests are killed leaving the remaining actors to try to deal with the consequences of the apocalypse, including earthquakes, fires, rampaging demons, hordes of hungry cannibals, and an angry ax wielding Emma Watson.

This is a pretty damn funny movie but it certainly had it's flaws. Obviously this is sort of a vanity piece for the actors involved, but it's a damn good one. There were parts though that seemed to drag on a bit. This was apparently based on a short film Seth Rogen had done and it probably should have been left that way. Also there were parts where the comedic actors seemed to not to be playing off of each other so much as constantly trying to one up each other. And I didn't care for Jonah Hill in this. He was trying to be fake nice to Jay Baruchel even though he didn't like him and it was just largely annoying. It isn't until Hill becomes demon possessed after a demon rapes him that he starts to get any solid laughs out of me.

This was a pretty good movie thought. Most of the jokes worked well, the special effects were solid, even the designs on the demons were pretty cool. There's really not much else I can say without giving away a lot of the jokes. If you're a fan of any of these actors or their movies you'll probably really enjoy this one.

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