When I saw This Is The End last month, it was at a media screening with creator and star Seth Rogen in attendance. Before the film began, he apologised for what we were about to see. I laughed, but the film, while brilliant, should definitely come with a warning label.
The premise of the film is pretty simple: Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel attend a house warming party at James Franco’s house. Pretty much every celebrity you can think of is there, having a great time. And then the Christian Apocalypse begins.
I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the film, but there were about three moments, primarily near the end, in which the entire cinema broke out in spontaneous applause. The ending scene…let’s just say I was howling with laughter.
I loved the concept of the celebrities playing themselves. Of course, they were caricatures of their actual personalities, and played on obvious stereotypes from their previous hit films (Pineapple Express, anyone?), but it was a hilarious change from literal characters. If you weren’t already in love with James Franco, you definitely will be after watching the film. Also, the bromance between James Franco and Seth Rogen will melt your heart (and make you want to read fanfiction. No? Just me?). Emma Watson’s role in the film was brilliant, although it was shown in almost its entirety in the trailer which is almost a disappointment.
I wouldn’t go and see the film with your parents (some parts bordered on too crude for me), but I would grab your friends and head to the cinema as soon as humanly possible. If nothing else, you’ll at least learn what to definitely not do in the event of being stuck behind in the apocalypse (and how to ensure you get saved if you miss the rapture).
This Is The End is out tomorrow, Thursday 18th of July, through Sony Pictures Australia
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