Directors: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Starring: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Craig Ferguson, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride
If the world were to end tomorrow, you would definitely be okay with this being the last comedy you saw. This cast does not disappoint, and really, how could it? With a script by Rogen and Goldberg, the same guys behind Superbad and Pineapple Express, its definitely the pure, awesome comedy that you would expect. Along with a seriously funny story, this is one that will likely be considered a comedic classic, along with the previous movies that came from the same minds.
James Franco is having a housewarming party in his newly built home. When Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel arrive, the party is already alive and bumping…with Michael Cera already snorting mass amounts of coke and getting frisky. Many cameos are made here, including Rihanna, Jason Segal, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Emma Watson (probably my favorite one). However, during the party, it seems the apocalypse has begun. With hellish conditions in the outside world, Rogen, Franco, Baruchel, Hill, Ferguson, and McBride must try to find a way to survive inside of Franco’s house, and ultimately try to find out what the hell is going on.
Even though all of the characters play themselves, this is a movie with an actual plot and characters that have depth and development. The fact that all of the characters are themselves is probably one of the funniest aspects of the films, with plenty of references to past films such as Pineapple Express (including a homemade “sequel” that you will definitely enjoy if you were a fan of that movie). Although some cameos I wish were a little bigger, such as a very, very brief appearance by Paul Rudd, they weren’t just for show and they contributed well to the movie. Emma Watson was hilarious, as was Michael Cera and even Channing Tatum made a brief, but hilarious scene.
It has plenty of crude humor, so if you aren’t a fan of that then that might be a big problem for you. Lots of drugs and sex related comedy, including a scene between Franco and McBride about a magazine that had me laughing the whole time. This movie is pretty much a parody of all those apocalypse theories and the rapture, and there is plenty of that humor that makes us love Rogen and Franco so much. Jonah Hill was also a stand out to me in this movie. His scenes were hilarious, especially nearing the end. Even Craig Ferguson, who I had only seen in The Office before, had some great moments.
All of the characters have an amazing chemistry between each other, not a surprise being they’ve all starred in a movie with each other at some point before. Some of the guys are more “characterized” than the others, whereas with Rogen you could probably believe he is playing himself. Baruchel plays the kind of cynical outsider to the group, Hill the overly nice but also kind of a douche guy, and McBride the guy that nobody really likes. Although the concept of everyone playing themselves is really unique and is what makes this movie truly stand out, these characters make it so that there is real substance and story to the movie as well.
This was actually the type of movie that I didn’t want to end. Hysterically funny, I wish it could have kept going, but the end scene was the perfect ending. It was probably my favorite scene of the whole movie, really. This Is The End was a movie that has you in hysterics from start to finish, especially if you are a fan of the movies that this cast typically stars in. You truly have to love the actors to love the movie, though. For me, it’s one of the highlights of the summer so far and a comedy I’m sure that will be able to hold up against others released later this year.