Much like other recommendations, I had heard Seth Rogen’s and Evan Goldberg’s This Is The End was their best one yet. And after seeing Superbad and Pineapple Express, I had to admit, I was looking forward to it myself.
Initially everyone in the film is cast as themselves in the film, although it’s not themselves. It’s a mixture of the media thought of perception and the characters they usually play in films. For example, when Seth is waiting for Jay at the start of the film a bystander says “You always play the same character, when are you going to do some real acting”. A self-dig from Rogen, but it’s funny all the same, because we know it’s true as much as he does.
Anyway, Jay Baruchel and Seth Rogen are at James Franco’s incredible house party, which Jay is reluctant to go in the first place as he dislikes majority of Seth’s friends and his new Hollywood lifestyle. This party is full of A-Listers including Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Jason Segel, Kevin Hart and of course Michael Cera. Except, Michael Cera isn’t what you except, the squeaky clean teen is, well, not so squeaky clean. The main cast are also there which consists of James Franco (Of course), Craig Robinson and Jonah Hill.
After the party scene which is expected, the apocalypse begins and nothing stops the unaware party until a huge earthquake hits which everyone screaming for the rafters. Whilst outside, the Hollywood hills are on fire and Michael Cera and the other A-Listers are killed by the rapture from Franco, Rogen, Baruchel, Hill and Robinson.
After madness has passed, the five, (Baruchel, Rogen, Hill, Robinson and Franco) all say in Franco’s house and board it up and await rescue. They have minimal food and drink to last them and props from films such as the ‘real’ camera from 127 Hours. Enter Danny McBride, someone who had not been seen previously, who uses all their water and cooks the food which causes a flurry between him and the others. Which is rather hilarious as McBride references the actors past works and essentially rips them.
The course of the film is then their trails and tribulations of trying to survive with minimal provisions. Such as a sequence including McBride and Franco arguing about cum on a pornographic magazine, albeit very odd, but hilarious in it’s own right. And not forgetting getting robbed by Emma Watson after an odd conversation outside her door. Now there is a lot of jokes like this, which is expected from Rogen and Goldberg, if you’ve seen Superbad or Pineapple Express, you’ll know what I mean.
Now I didn’t know what to expect from the ending, or what was going to happen with the apocalypse happening around them, but Rogen and Goldberg definitely made it work. Some of the sequences are brilliant, in particular a chase scene which is fine edge of your seat stuff. But I enjoyed this branching out from the pair as it shows maturity and they aren’t relying on the obscene jokes to keep them afloat.
It’s not a perfect film, but it’s a good film. It’s funny, but not side-splitting funny, and the whole actors playing exaggerated versions of themselves worked, where it could have failed disastrously. I would recommend it if you’re a big fan of Superbad and Pineapple Express, other fans should tread with caution as although this film has that a kind of humour that requires a thought process concerning the likes of a Pineapple Express sequel, or the actors personal lives.