This is the End was one of the only summer movies to not disappoint across the board.
In fact, it actually delivered more than promised, and that is about as a rare a thing as you’re likely to find in this age of tent pole summer failures. Written by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the same team that came up with Superbad and Pineapple Express, we see Rogen and crew playing exaggerated versions of themselves, and giving us a look at a grotesque display of narcissism and self-indulgence that is the perceived Hollywood lifestyle.
The premise revolves around a party at James Franco’s house which directly precedes the start of the Apocalypse. The 6 friends board themselves up in the house in hopes of being rescued. It doesn’t take long however for food and water to run short and for their true colors to start shining through. In addition to a shortage of supplies, this group of pampered actors must also come to grips with their own shortcomings as they start to turn on one another.
The whole cast does a great job of making light of some rather dark subject matter, all the while poking fun at themselves and each other, but it’s Danny McBride and Jonah Hill who really steal the show. McBride delivers every line with pitch perfect comedic timing, and Hill is a total narcissist. The movie is also full of numerous cameos, most notably Michael Cera, Emma Watson, and a great bit with the under-rated David Krumholtz.
The movie has a run time of approximately 107 minutes and has been rated R for crude and sexual content throughout, brief graphic nudity, pervasive language, drug use and some violence. The 2-disc DVD/Blu-Ray package came out October 1st and is well worth the coin.