Flash Movie Review: This is the End

This may come as a surprise but it turns out celebrities do not walk on water, even though some of them think they do. Part of the problem is the public’s fascination with these bigger than life characters. I do not understand why people will buy merchandise simply because their favorite celebrity endorsed it. Now I know some of you must be thinking who am I to talk with me contributing to actors’ bank accounts by going to see their movies. All I can say is I watch movies for medicinal reasons; they are therapeutic for me. This does not mean I approve of celebrities acting out in public. As far as I am concerned; there is no difference between them and the rest of us, they have the same body functions as we do. If a celebrity should fall on hard times, there are some people who get a sense of satisfaction in seeing these stars brought down to human level. Now if you want to laugh at a celebrity’s predicament and not feel guilty about it, this is the movie to watch. Essentially playing themselves I admired all the actors who took part in this wickedly funny comedy. Even those who only had cameo roles helped to knock down this facade or fascination we might have about their public personas. During a party at James Franco’s (Oz the Great and Powerful, Spring Breakers) house, what was originally thought of as an earth tremor turned into something of catastrophic proportions. I was taken by surprise by how good the writing was for this part parody, part satire, crazy fantasy film. Too many stars to list, the major players were Seth Rogen (The Green Hornet, Pineapple Express), Jonah Hill (21 Jump Street, Superbad), Jay Baruchel (Tropic Thunder, Knocked Up), Craig Robinson (Peeples, The Office-TV) and Danny McBride (Up in the Air, Your Highness). I have to give a shout out to Michael Cera (Juno, Youth in Revolt) and Emma Watson (Harry Potter franchise, My Week with Marilyn) for their small hilarious roles. Though some of the jokes got tiresome, who knew the end could be so funny. Warning: Strong and crude language used throughout the film.


3 1/4 stars


About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on June 18, 2013, in Comedy and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. I am sure superman puts his pants on two legs at a time šŸ™‚

  2. Theatre of Pain

    I should probably point out that I went into The End of the World with some trepedation knowing that it had both Seth Rogen and Jonah Hill in it; neither of which I find particularly entertaining as comics though I did enjoy Jonah Hill in Moneyball.

    Overall, I found the movie’s humor to be very sophomoric, typical of both Rogen and Hill but had hoped that Franco would somehow elevate it to a higher standard. It had some funny moments as you pointed out with Cera and Watson but the rest of the jokes, a relentless rehash of the same punchline, fell flat after the first 20 minutes into the film.

    Still I managed to watch it until the end and found that to be the best part. I liked the humor found in paradise and if I had watched the first 20 minutes of the film and skipped to the last 15 minutes of the film, I probably would have considered it a huge success. But with almost everything in between, the movie fell into mediocrity and I wouldn’t want to watch it again.

    • You better prepare yourself; the people who brought us this film are back with Neighbors starring Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. Thanks for your thoughts on the movie.

      • Theatre of Pain

        I watched a trailer for Neighbors yesterday and I think I’m going to wait for it to hit Netflix streaming or one of the premium channels if I don’t pass on it completely.

        Seth Rogen. I have never laughed at any of his jokes. Strike one.

        Brought to us by the same people that created This is the End. That statement is almost as cringe worthy as “Brought to us by the same people that created Paranormal Activity.” Strike two.

        Moviejoltz giving it a very generous 1 1/4 stars. Strike three. šŸ˜‰

        I’m sure Rogen has a loyal fan base as many comedians do but we as viewers having our own sense of humor are a fickled bunch. Some people will go see a movie just because it has so-and-so in it. Some people will avoid it for the very same reason. Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Will Farrell, Adam Sandler, Chris Rock, Kevin James, Russell Brand, Jim Carrey, Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson. Every one of them have a loyal fan base but I don’t know of a single person that likes all of them.

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