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.  🙂

50/50 = 100% Awesome!

Balance.  That is a tricky feat in Hollywood storytelling.  Many films struggle to find the right tone or direction–and sometimes you find it–the perfect balance.  50/50  sounds like a downer–a young man is diagnosed with cancer and we get to watch his experience.  Woohoo!  Fell good movie of the year–right?  Actually…yeah, it is!  I laughed out loud, cried a bit and LOVED every minute of this film.

I should also tell you that I am a huge fan of Joseph Gordon-Levitt.  He continues to impress me.  From 3rd Rock from the Sun to Inception.  His young career is filled with memorable, wonderful performances and 50/50’s Adam is another one to add to the list.  If Joe doesn’t receive an Oscar nomination I will be upset because his Adam is layered and nuanced.  An everyday guy faced with a difficult roadblock on his life’s  journey.

A nice surprise is Seth Rogen.  Who I like, but can be a bit annoying sometimes.  Not this time.  As Adam’s best friend Kyle he shines.  All his strengths are highlighted and he very funny.   Add a fabulous Angelica Houston,  the adorable Anna Kendrick  and a getting good at being nasty,  Bryce Dallas Howard and you have a strong supporting cast.

The biggest credit must go to screenwriter Will Reiser, who was inspired by his own battle with cancer and has created this lovely, heartfelt, funny and realistic story.  His timing is perfect.  Just when you think it is too deep or serious, the tone changes smoothly and you find you are laughing–even if you don’t think you should be.  I will keep an eye on this guy.

Not to be overlooked is the director Jonathan Levine.  He directed the little known gem titled The Wackness back in 2008 (if you haven’t seen it–check it out–it is quietly good).  He deftly tells this story by showing details rather than telling you.  It works.  You learn more about these characters by these actions, than by anything they could have said.  I will definitely be watching his career.

Dez and I were lucky to get to a preview screening of 50/50 and we both agreed it is one of our favorite movies of the year–so when it goes wide on September 30th–put it on your MUST see list!  You will not regret it!