Reviews and Problems with Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World
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Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
24 October 2012
Conclusion: 'Seeking a Friend for the End of the World' is a flawed film, make no mistake. There's something seriously missing from the movie, and those seeking a laugh out loud comedy will note that "the funnies" are, for the most part, what is seriously missing. This is a road trip buddy romantic comedy set at the end of the world, and it doesn't quite know how to handle its unique set up.
Excerpt: The unlikely romantic pairing of Keira Knightley and Steve Carell never starts to feel any more likely in the glaringly inauthentic Seeking A Friend for the End of the World , which uses the end of days as a quirky-cute backdrop for one last-chance romance. There's nothing inherently wrong with the idea-- Don McKellar did wonderful things with it in the tiny, lovely Canadian drama Last Night -- but first-time director Lorene Scafaria never nails down a tone for this...
Excerpt: Within the last year, two films—Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia and Abel Ferrara’s 4:44 Last Day On Earth —speculated about the looming apocalypse, but from the fixed perspective of two or three characters with limited access to the outside world. It was a smart approach, because it kept the filmmakers from having to speculate too much on the chaos beyond their borders, because it’s hard to do so without seeming banal and reductive.