REVIEW- THIS IS THE END
A film starring James Franco is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re going to get.
In the same vein as Superbad and Pineapple Express comes another comedy starring Hollywood’s stupid, funny-guy clique. However, this one somewhat sets itself apart in that all the actors play themselves.
Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson come together to party at James Franco’s LA mansion, only to be suddenly disturbed by the apocalypse. Here follows a ridiculous tale of bromance, mashed up with witless gore, unnecessary drug references, a plethora of penis jokes and an onslaught of celebrity cameos.
This Is the End may sound like a torturous ego-massaging marathon of stupidity, but it’s balanced with just enough self-deprecating humour to make it okay. Watching Michael Cera portray himself as an arrogant jerk was oddly refreshing, and it’s cool to see a film where the actors are obviously having fun with what they’re doing, especially when you can tell a lot of it is improvised. The brainless plotline does get a little tiring by the end, and the last half hour drags into idiocy, but it’s saved by a spot of synchronised dancing by The Backstreet Boys at the very last moment. At least stay for that.