So our friend and occasional contributor to the 3 guys site, Klash (and one of the original 3 guys) is in town enjoying the Southern California weather. So of course we had to drag him out to see a couple of movies and do a few reviews! Thanks for helping out Klash!
Movie Name This is the End
Director: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Writer: Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg
Starring: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride
Plot: A group of actors find themselves left behind after the rapture and try to understand what has happened and why they were not chosen to go to heaven.
Rate It: (0 -3 Guys)
So what did you think?
Adam - A very funny film with a premise that Kirk Cameron could appreciate. He may be the only actor who did not make a cameo in this comedic star studded affair. Seemed to wander a bit at times but finished up strong. Actually had better use of CGI than the recent Man of Steel.
Klash - Considering the comedic ensemble that made up the cast for this movie, the movie contained very few humorous moments which were greatly out shadowed by long periods of boredom. The best part of the film actually came from within the audience when Adam nearly leapt out of his seat screaming like a little girl.
Griff – Funny but it relies pretty heavily on the “dick and fart” jokes. At times the jokes get a bit tired and plot starts to meander. It does work though and there were moments that had me laughing out loud.
Any thoughts before you saw the movie?
Adam – Many of my favorite comedic actors were assembled in one giant picture that was getting awesome reviews. I was really looking forward to checking this one out. Was also cool that our man Klashka was in town on vacation so we all got to check it out together. Although, he ended up making fun of me when I jumped and screamed at a demon.
Klash – I had no preconceived thoughts about this movie and didn’t expect much more than the typical humor seen in each of the actors prior movies.
Griff – It was getting great reviews and had a cast that pretty impressive. I love Danny McBride in East Bound and Down so I was looking forward to his performance in this one.
Did you think this movie was fresh and/or innovative?
Adam – I enjoyed this newest entry in the Left Behind series of films. I think this is installment is even better than 2001‘s Left Behind and 2002’s Left Behind, Tribulation Force starring my favorite actor Kirk Cameron.
Klash - This movie was neither fresh nor innovative. As previously mentioned it consisted of the same worn out humor and antics seen countless times before in the casts prior movies.
Griff – Certainly not the first time I have seen a plot revolve around the rapture but having it be a comedy was pretty clever. The movie definitely felt fresh.
Did you think the script was well written?
Adam – A funny script for sure. I can see some tight asses being offended by a few of the scenes in the film. However, to be honest I was expecting it to be even more raunchy than it turned out to be. As I mentioned previously, a few bits seemed to linger a little too long and the the plot seemed to wander a bit till regaining it’s footing.
Klash – Considering the type of movie, the script fit the bill. That said, that comment shouldn’t be taken as a positive. The script could have been shortened quite a bit and still provided the same end results. Unfunny attempts at humor combined with stale antics have the script not heading towards the light.
Griff - It was funny but the script really just seemed like an opportunity for the cast try their hand at ad-libbing. The middle portion of the film really gets bogged down while they try and figure out where to go with the plot.
Was there a performance you really liked or really hated?
Adam – I wish this entire film was about the man, the myth, the legend, Michael Cera, that dude knows how to party. Also Danny McBride is pretty bad ass in this film. I mean guy has himself a gimp and a gang of cannibals, how gangster is that?
Klash – Not being a fan of Michael Cera he stole the show anytime he made an appearance. Funnier than the entire cast combined the movie would have been a lot better if Cera had been one of the leads.
Griff - Without a doubt. Michael Cera steals the show in this one. His limited time in the movie was easily the highlight of the film. Kudo’s to Channing Tatum for his small part in this too. It took some huge balls to agree to that part.
Do you remember a song from the film?
Adam – I will Always Love You by Whitney Houston. I never thought I would see a better use of this song than from The Bodyguard but it finally happened.
Klash - I will always love you – Whitney Houston
Griff - “Take Yo Panties Off” by Craig Robinson
What was your favorite line?
Adam – “sip break” Michael Cera
Klash – I’d have to go with pretty much anything Michael Cera blurted out.
Griff – I’m on a cleanse, I’m not psychotic.
What would have made this a better movie?
Adam - While not overly long, this film still had some pacing issues. Similarly, when a joke did not work it seemed like they kept going with it. These are just minor complaints as overall this film is devilishly fun.
Klash – Humor and some originality. The cast was there and there were plenty of opportunities to pull off what could have been some very funny moments, but the film felt very restrained. The opportunity to push the envelope was seemingly avoided.
Griff - Truthfully this film could have been cut down to about an hour and half of run time and better film for it. Also, if you are already straddled with an “R” rating, why not go for it? It felt like they were holding back instead of really pushing limits.
Is it worth seeing in the theater? Or could you have waited for the DVD/Stream?
Adam - This is sort of a toss up I usually suggest watching comedies at the theater but this is a case where I think you would also have a good time re-watching this one with your buddies at home.
Klash – This is one of those over hyped movies that can definitely wait till its streaming.
Griff – This one might actually be better served watching at home with some friends and a couple of beers. I didn’t mind seeing it in the theater though is that’s what you want to do.
What other movies would you recommend if someone enjoyed this film?
Adam – If you enjoyed this film I could see you enjoying Pineapple Express, Superbad and the full run of Eastbound and Down on HBO. That is a great series starring Danny McBride that more people need to check out.
Klash – Nothing immediately comes to mind.
Griff - I have to give props to the old movies whenever I can so I am saying you should check out something from the OG of this type of humor, Mel Brooks. How about History of the World Part I, or Maybe Blazing Saddles?
Any final thoughts on this movie?
Adam – While not quite as hilarious as I was led to believe while walking into the theater this is still a very humorous take on the rapture. Emma Watson looks good with an axe in her hand.
Klash - What could have potentially been one of this summers memorable comedies, this movie fell flat resulting in a drawn out and often quite boring viewing experience.
Griff - I knew it couldn’t live up to the hype but I was expecting this one to be a lot funnier based on some of the things that I have read. It’s a funny movie to be sure and it is worth checking out especially if you enjoy Seth Rogen’s particular brand of humor.