Directors: Evan Goldberg & Seth Rogen
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
This Is The End is an end of the world/judgment day parody that mixes Hollywood satire to create an over-the-top, absurd comedy that’s really fucking funny – for the most part. Of course the film’s plot – the apocalypse is happening, the earth is burning, a small handful of actors (playing themselves) have so far avoided falling into the burning pit – means that the film will run out of steam. When it ends – and the way it ends – you could be forgiven for searching the credits to double-check it wasn’t actually directed by Kevin Smith. But before it slides toward the inevitable you’ll get to see Michael Cera as a coked-up sexaholic, Seth Rogen as, well, Seth Rogen, James Franco relishing a role as self-fetishist collector of his own movie props and bad art. And then Danny McBride isn’t so much Danny McBride as he is Kenny Powers come to life.
In this age of film comedians being (a lot) funnier in five minute Funny Or Die/YouTube parodies it’s a fine move to take that shtick and slap it into a big dumb fun movie roll, one that plays to the double meaning of gag reel.
The buddy-stoner antics and overgrown teen clichés of Judd Apatow films are served up, sent up and somewhere inside all of the overt silliness, the so-pleased-with-themsleves send-ups (Jonah Hill clearly had a ball) there’s a dark, twisted comment about the smugness and desperation, the vacuity of it all; the stupidity. Or at least there’s a giant CGI demon with a huge shlong and some rape jokes to stifle a laugh around as you argue later about whether rape jokes can ever be funny.