This Is The End REVIEW

This Is The End film review.

Release Date: 28 June 2013
15 | 107 minutes
Distributor: Sony Pictures
Directors: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Cast: Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Emma Watson

It’s no longer The End Of The World – that title was ditched to avoid confusion with Pegg, Wright and Frost’s The World’s End – but taken purely in story terms, This Is The End really is the end of the world. More precisely, it’s the armageddon you might see on the pages of Heat magazine – assuming celebrity gossip makes it through the Rapture.

Not only is it loaded with cameos from hip young stars of screens big and small, you get to see some of them die in hilarious horrible ways. Plus, there’s the added bonus that they’re all playing themselves. Well, kinda…

It’s in its heightened portrayals of celebs that This Is The End is at its best. From a James Franco infatuated with Pineapple Express co-star Seth Rogen, to a “mild-mannered” Michael Cera living a life of rock star excess, many of the A-list guests at Franco’s (fictional) house party are brilliant caricatures. That Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s directorial debut successfully walks the tricky line between funny and too meta for school shows the benefits of having lots of mates skilled in the arts of comic timing.

The closer This Is The End gets to its own end, however, the weaker it gets. While the survivors’ ineptitude is funny in the immediate aftermath of the apocalypse that brings Franco’s party to a halt, their clashing egos (and a rapidly rising knob gag quotient) soon become tired, leaving both the jokes and the narrative to flag long before the excessive running time is up.

Richard Edwards

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