This is the End: A Movie review

STORY BY Talia Aroshas

Published: June 25, 2013

As my friend seated next to me said at the very onset of This Is The End, the movie plays off as a super cool, celebrity party, with you having been cordially invited.

The film opens as Seth Rogen, playing himself, picks up his good friend Jay Baruchel, also playing himself, from the airport. Baruchel a socially awkard out-of-towner, is very vocal about his distaste for LA from the onset—both the surroundings and the inhabitants. Rogen, however, seems very happy with his place there, and in life, and it becomes apparent that these two friends have drifted to two different worlds and are trying, a little to forcibly, to meet somewhere in the middle.

Assured by Rogen that he won’t be ousted and outnumbered by celebrities at James Franco’s house warming party, the two friends decide to spend their first night of Baruchels’s visit at said shindig.

Franco opens his door, and inside walk the two guests; here we see a plethora of Hollywood big shots inclusive of Rihanna, Jason Segal, Michael Cera, Mindy Kailing, and Emma Watson, to name a few. It’s clear, however, that all the characters are playing caricatures of themselves and not merely, hanging on a set. Thus, adding to the comedy.

The two friends enter a tiff because, as opposed to his promise, Rogen does, kinda sorta, leave Baruchel out to dry, and somewhat in the midst of their argument, the world begins to end. Really.

L.A, and all our adored celebrities are thrown into a state of panic as the grounds shake, the earth quakes, fires break out, huge holes in the ground form, and havoc and chaos ensue. A-listers start dying left and right, in a comically way, until it is just James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, and Danny McBride. The comedic comrades take refuge in Franco’s massive home, not exactly sure what is going on in the world, and this is where the story begins.

Prepare for much hilarity as the friends and frienimies try to work together, stay alive, and remain as a unit, all, of course, while dealing with the fact that they are in the middle of the apocalypse.

The jokes are clever, the cast is stellar, and the continuous gag of celebrity cameos never gets tired.

The film does drag out a bit too long at the end, but this is saved by the very very end of it all, which for arguments sake, is freaking brilliant.

Grab some popcorn, because you’ve been invited to the coolest party in town. However, watch out for breaking ground. 

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