“This is the End,” written and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, is a farce of the apocalypse as experienced by an assortment of relatively well-known Hollywood actors.
When the rapture arrives, it’s no surprise that a Hollywood house party remains unaffected. That is, until the hell fires being to rain down on the hills of Hollywood. When the carnage ends (for the moment) Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride find themselves trapped in Franco’s not-so-humble dwelling wondering what in the world is going on.
Yes, that is the plot of this insane, off-the-wall comedy. It is crude, violent, completely inappropriate, irreverent, unnecessarily gory, and downright insulting at moments, and against all odds it totally works.
Then Emma Watson shows up and it gets even better. If the end times ever land you in a confrontation with Hermione, back away slowly.
Don’t worry guys, this is every bit the stupid comedy you’ve dreamt of and more, but it takes itself very seriously. This movie takes on some serious issues, such as, religion, fame, vanity, and common decency. It also answers the age-old question: Just how many times can you drop an F-bomb in a movie but still be entertaining? Spoiler alert: it’s a lot.
So…it’s a miracle that I didn’t throw a thesaurus at the screen, but somehow this movie managed to find a balance somewhere between stupid humor and clever banter. It treads the line beautifully and in the end I even found myself tearing up a little bit.
Perhaps it’s because they’re making fun of themselves or perhaps it’s the absurdity of the situation or perhaps it’s the amazing cameo at the end of the film (no spoilers), but I really enjoyed this movie crude moments and all.
Finally, it’s no secret that 2WC has a strict no spoiler policy, so it bemoans me to do this, but it is necessary—everyone dies in this movie…well, it’s safe to assume that everyone dies in this movie.
Spoiler, that wasn’t the actual spoiler. I can’t do it. How about this?
Allusive spoiler alert: If you were a screaming teenage girl in the mid to late 90’s/early 2000’s you will probably have a screaming girl relapse by the end of this movie, or die laughing while repressing said relapse (KTBSPA…if you know what that means you fit the preceding description).