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.  🙂

I was ready to hate 21 Jump Street, but shockingly I didn’t…

I didn’t LOVE it either, but I liked it well enough to enjoy myself. Seems  21 Jump Street was better than it had the right to be. The most shocking part is that there was an actual narrative–WHA?!  A narrative that was well-executed, well acted and kept my attention.  Wait…wait…you want to know the really, really shocking part?  My favorite character was played by Channing Tatum!!  WHA-WHA?!  I know.  Craziness.  (For those who do not know Mr. Tatum annoys me–he is Keanu Reeves replacement for best wooden acting.)

There were a few things that were keeping me from running to theater to watch 21 Jump Street.  First, it appeared to have nothing in common with the original source (yes…I am old enough to have watched the television series and I am not a fanatic about it, but still…), which was more of a dramedy than a straight out comedy.  Secondly, the trailer was not funny to me.  But, I started hearing all the positive press and reviews and thought I would give it a chance.

I am glad I did and although I did not think it was the “best comedy since Hangover (part 1)” (which still ranks #1 of making me cry from laughter throughout), I did have fun.   There were times of genuine laughter, some of the jokes were dead on–LOL moments for sure!  And there were also times of me–shaking my head–laughing–but more at the absurdity, and not at the punchline. 

The best thing about this film is that writer Michael Bacall (Scott Pilgrim–one of my favs) is clever and infuses the story with real moments–amidst all the ludicrous behavior–and those moments are the heart of the story and what makes you care for these two guys.  Then add the directing team of Chris Miller and Phil Lord (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs–another fav) and let them create this zany, fast-paced ride–without losing sight of just how absurd it all is and having massive fun with it. Some of the most successful ‘funny” happened when they were mocking themselves.  Well done guys!

Jonah Hill is strong here and I already know that this kid has some comedy and acting chops (check out Cyrus if you doubt it)–so no surprise there.  But Channing Tatum? He, I usually avoid–but I liked him here–his style worked–he is still wooden, but he is supposed to be. And yet, he was able to emote real sadness and was pretty damn funny.  Shocker, for sure!  The supporting cast is solid–especially the HS kids–but this is the Jonah + Channing show–all the way. 

Overall it was a good time.  It was probably better that I had ZERO expectations, because it allowed me to go it with an open mind.  So, I will say–check it out if you want a fun, silly and sometimes really funny time.  You may thank Korean Jesus for it!  😉

Red Band trailer–do not watch if you’re sensitive to foul language!