This Is The End, 2013
dir. Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg
There really is only one reason why I gave this film such a low score, and that is the sheer amount of rape jokes that are present in it. There are so many of them, it’s really distasteful. First there are all the references to “titty fucking”, which is supposed to be hilarious (I’m guessing? most of the guys in the screen were laughing, but I found it terribly juvenile) but just falls flat. Then when Emma Watson arrives, they talk about “making her feel safe” and then there’s this overly long scene with the guys accusing Jay of wanting to rape her? How is that comedy? I do not get it, honestly. There are just some things you don’t joke about. Also, there was the implicit visual of the demon-dude raping Jonah – again, not quite funny. And finally, the whole thing with Danny McBride and Channing Tatum was just not cool, not at all. I get that they are supposed to be in this post-Apocalyptic, “cannibal” tribe thing, but it was just not funny.
Is it weird, though? That cannibalism and sexual slavery aren’t funny? I don’t think so. They just aren’t.
Now. Moving on.
The rest of the movie was acceptable. I loved James Franco’s obsession with Seth Rogen, it was absolutely brilliant, as was their mini-sequel to Pineapple Express.
The whole party scene was great, actually. The actors and singers were playing exaggerated versions of themselves, which brought out some really funny gags, like Michael Cera being a total douche womanizer and Seth Rogen going through a cleanse.
In addition to all that, the film was really well-cast. Especially the guys who ended up stranded in the house. James Franco, Seth Rogen, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Jay Baruchel and Jonah Hill have great chemistry, and it’s always funny seeing all these big guys (minus Jay, he’s really tiny) scared shitless. And Craig Robinson is so fucking funny, particularly at the scene where he is going to the basement to get water. So good. Oh, boy…
Anyway! SFX! Really impressive S and VFX, actually. Given that this was the adaptation of homemade short film, more on the indie side than anything, the special and visual effects were pretty amazing. The whole thing with the blue beams, the demons, all the fire. I was not expecting it to be so advanced in that particular area.
But, of course, the best part of the whole thing was right at the end: the Heaven party. Complete with the Backstreet Boys (incl. Kevin!) and choreographed dancing! How can anyone not like that? It was so awesome.
All in all, it wasn’t a terrible film, but it fell flat because of the offensive jokes. It’s fun to watch, though, so if you’re looking for something you don’t have to think about and that feels like watching Superbad (only with – thankfully – less Jonah Hill), this is it.
review by Mariana Duarte