You know all the faces. It is a collection of some of the more well known comedians and actors working today and today, they will be taking on the apocalypse. Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Michael Cera, Aziz Ansari, Emma Watson, Rihanna. Those are a few of the main characters and cameos that grace the screen in this bizarre, yet hilarious comedy from Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Pineapple Express).
The story is simple. Jay Baruchel comes to LA to visit his pal Seth Rogen. They decide to go to a party at James Franco’s house which is pretty much a Where’s Waldo of famous comedians and random celebrities. Suddenly, the apocalypse begins to happen and ends with Seth, Jay, Craig, James, Jonah, and Danny trying to work together to survive the events plaguing the world.
What makes the movie so great and so funny is the thwarted yet utterly believable personalities that the main characters present. Each has a sort of slanted persona of what people perceive them to be and it makes for some hilarious banter between them.
It is hard to really dive into what makes this movie great without ruining the jokes but it is built off a very simple story, these guys surviving the apocalypse, and branches off with sub-plots that include James Franco hating Danny McBride, Jonah Hill trying to make Jay feel better, Jay and Seth trying to reconcile their friendship and many others. These side stories meshed together with the utterly hilarious banter between the guys makes this one of the funniest movies I have seen in quite awhile.
The celebrity cameos are usually short but always fantastic. The clear winner in cameos is Michael Cera who steals the first 20 minutes of the movie when Seth and Jay arrive at Franco’s party. The cameos continue the trend of thwarted personalities and make for even more laughs.
What is great about this movie is the simplicity of it. It does not have complex stories or goofy situations. It is just over-the-top fun and is built of the natural comedy that comes from having each of these guys on screen. I think that is what made it so fun and memorable is that you are literally watching each of these actors be themselves and just hang out on a movie screen. They just decided to put the apocalypse as the backdrop.
If you want to go and see something before flooding to Man of Steel over the weekend, I firmly recommend seeing This is the End as it is a memorable experience and a movie that will keep you laughing the entire time. It is outrageous, over-the-top, and insane but one of the most fun times you will have at the movies this year.