After reading review after review of how funny this movie is, I decided to plop down some cash to go see it in the theater. With a cast of thousands (okay…maybe not thousands but there ARE a lot of early cameos) and an interesting premise for a comedy (actors playing themselves during the Rapture), I figured it couldn’t be the worst thing I could do with $10. Sadly, I hate to say it, but in this case, I overpaid.
Seth Rogan and Jay Baruchel are the top dogs in this one, sharing the bill with James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride & Craig Robinson. From there, it is a “Who’s Who” of comedy that make quick appearances, sometimes to hilarious effect (Michael Cera is the highlight, Channing Tatum is the oddest) and sometimes to almost unnoticeable (Paul Rudd? Christopher Mintz-Plasse?). The plot goes like this…James Franco has a party. Lots of people show up. The apocalypse begins. And from there, the rest of the movie is about these guys trying to survive in Franco’s Hollywood hills mansion while everything burns and demons roam the earth. It’s a fresh idea and there are some really funny moments but as a complete film, it drags at times. What I CAN tell you is that Danny McBride is hysterical, there is a high volume of drug jokes, lots of cool visual effects with demons and devils and that Jonah Hill steals the show near the end and the scene had me laughing hysterically.
So take this review as you will. For me, “This Is The End” is decent matinee material but I wouldn’t pay full price for it. And if this is THE comedy of the summer, it looks like it’s gonna be a slow summer for the funny.
Overall Rating: C