This is the End is the funniest film I’ve seen in 2013!

This Is the End (2013) Poster

OMG!! I haven’t laughed this hard since the original Hangover!  Yeah…really.  Truth.  From beginning to end, I laughed out loud.  Now, yes this is raunchy, vulgar, gross (at times) and there is  flat-out craziness–and yes…I loved it!  I’ve already seen it twice (that tells you a lot) because I had to take my daughter, Vieve right away so we can share in the awesomeness (She loved it just as much ;))

The premise is clever.  A group of friends are facing the end of the world.  (What kind of end?  I will let you find out. :D) These group of friends just happen to be actors–and these actors are playing thinly veiled versions and parodies of themselves.  First of all–how cool of them to be willingly to have fun with their images–and from what I read in some interviews they took true and real aspects of their personalities and then twisted them, one way or the other, to suit the story and propel the comedy.  It is a creative and very effective idea.  This group of friends  just also happens to be hilarious–all of them have perfect comedic timing and can bounce of each other even in the littlest ways.  Watching them interact is part of the fun!

Written and Directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (based on a short Jay and Seth versus the Apocalypsethe narrative is simple.  Yet, in simplicity they are able to touch on a variety of human emotions–fear–anger–jealously–rivalry–love–respect–honor–etc–and all in the wildest way possible.  LOL!  I was impressed by how well it was constructed and how the quick pacing kept it from going over the top.  Oh! The CG effects are also awesome and a surprise since I did not expect any.  😀

There is so much to say!  And yet…I can not.  I do not want to give a single solitary thing away.  I will say a few things:  I am now an even bigger fan of Jay Baruchel (and my daughter is now crushing on him ;)).  James Franco is fantastic.  Danny McBride is insane!  Jonah Hill is a trooper.  Craig Robinson is one cool dude.  Seth Rogen is everyone’s favorite.  Emma Watson is indeed a badass.  And Michael Cera?  LMAO.  Wow.  I will never look at him the same again.

I can go on and on.  There is way too much awesomeness for one post!  LOL.  But, I will end by saying go check it out!  You will laugh.  A lot.  And I kind of forgot how good that feels.  Laughing is good.  Really good.   Go get you some.  🙂

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Oz, the Great and Powerful is a good family film…

Unfortunately, that is my highest compliment.  Although Oz, the Great and Powerful succeeds in pleasing their demographic–I was left wanting.  With that said, I am sure many will love this film and kids (especially) will enjoy the story and beautiful imagery.

First of all, I should state that I like The Wizard of Oz, but I am not a fanatic about it.  The new Oz follows its lead in being a wholesome family film, but it does not even get close to its classic status.  While some felt that Disney was taking a gamble in trying to reboot a beloved classic, it seems to have paid off for them (sequel is already in the works).  Hey, they have to make the $$$.

So, why wanting?  For me, it was a bit one dimensional.  Everything looked great and paid homage to the original (more based on novel, than the 1939  film because of property rights)–but it was just…flat.  I did not care for any character on-screen.  I was never invested.  It’s just pretty.

The cast okay.  Again, no stand outs.  James Franco was fine–but could’ve have been more con-artist-y or shady, that way his arch was more believable.  Rachel Weisz was good–but it felt like she was limited.  Mila Kunis was wasted–that character had SO much potential, yet it was all too fast–too rushed.  Michelle Williams had more screen time and yet, her character too is so shallow and simple.  The CG sidekicks–Zach Braff as Finley (the monkey) and Joey King as China Doll were, again, okay.  See, not much to get excited about it.

Well, there were the cool special effects–the opening sequence was pretty sweet.  I appreciated the black and white tribute and then the use of introduced characters in the Oz world (a salute to the original).  Ummmm… I’m thinking…I’m thinking…I liked the land of Oz–the poppy fields–the different citizens–the flying baboons (much more scary than plain monkeys).  Yeah.  I think that is it.

Everything my daughter and I thought of that could have made this film better, would have changed the safe PG rating and possibly alienated some.  But hey, in defense of a PG rating–Pixar and Disney have been extremely successful in providing clean, safe entertainment that also has substance and is able to keep an adult’s interest.  So, then it just boils down to a lackluster script and unfortunately, director Sam Raimi‘s choices.  What a shame.  I am a true Raimi fan and was looking forward to this, just because of him.  Deep sigh.

Bottom line?  It’s not bad.  It’s not awesome.  It’s okay and kids will like it.  That’s it.