Excerpt: A raucous vanity project from a slew of comedic minds who should be questioned as to the status of their sanity, This Is the End devastates the R-rating, and questions what the NC-17 is legitimately used for… or what had to be cut in order to fit. Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel play themselves, as does everyone in this absurdly engrossing nightmare turned comedic genius.
Excerpt: There are a handful of movies that come out in a given year that truly pique my interest. It should come as no surprise that This is the End is one of them. Not only does it star some of my favorite actors, but I love films that make fun of themselves and have little “hidden” treasures in them that only a few in the audience will catch.
Excerpt: Jay Baruchel has come to Los Angeles to hang with his friend Seth Rogen, but after playing video games and smoking pot for a few hours, Seth convinces him to attend a housewarming party at James Franco's house. Once there, all hell literally breaks loose as the Apocalypse has hit the Hollywood Hills, killing everyone at the party except for Jay, Seth, Franco, Jonah Hill and Craig Robinson. And that's when Danny McBride shows up.
Excerpt: If celebrities are our modern-day mythic gods, then This Is the End is their Ragnarok, offering a chance to see stars confront a Biblical apocalypse in the midst of their own passive-aggressive squabbling. Built on the simple premise that watching actors playing themselves as they face down catastrophe is inherently more entertaining than watching regular Joes do the same, the film ends up less as a spoof on the disaster genre than a high-concept comedic version of the...
Conclusion: If you're a fan of this cast and can tolerate extended exposure to off-color humor, you should enjoy This Is the End . Of Team Apatow's past work, it's closest to Pineapple Express in content, so do go in expecting more unpredictability and a genre bend than you'll find in Apatow's own family dramedies.
Excerpt: Although there have been a lot of movies that deal with the subject of our final days, none of them have come close to matching This is The End 's sheer audacity to mix populist comedy with theological contemplation. A sleeper hit during the summer of 2013, the movie arrives on Blu-ray care of Sony Home Entertainment.
Conclusion: Is This is the End a good movie? It's not bad, but it's more of an insane horror/comedy spectacle, like a mash-up of Army of Darkness and Cannonball Run . But as those two titles suggest, it's one hell of a good time, rewarding viewers with some big laughs and manic action, before resolving in the kind of ending that would be infuriating if not for the ridiculousness that preceeds it.
Summary: Prophesies of Mayan calendar date destruction. Fears of rogue comets and incoming planets lurking behind the sun. Terrors of nuclear holocausts and MAD. The dangers of economic collapse. The dread of societal breakdown. Distress over the coming superbug that will eliminate 90% of the world's population and leave behind only the elite who are right now building their secure underground bunkers.
Excerpt: As a writing team, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg have had their fair share of ups and downs. Superbad launched them as one of the biggest comedy duos in Hollywood and they kept that success going with Pineapple Express , but neither The Green Hornet nor The Watch really lived up to the standard that audiences had grown to expect.
Excerpt: Were Seth Rogen, James Franco, and every other member of the Judd Apatow entourage to part ways tomorrow, vowing never to work together again, This Is The End would be a fitting swan song for the loose comic collective. That’s not to say that it’s the best or funniest movie the Apatow boys have ever made, or even that it’s a very good movie, in any traditional sense of the word.