Spoilers ahead: You have been warned.
My predictions were right. “Awesome” doesn’t even begin to cover it.
It’s going to be difficult to say much about Seth Rogen’s new movie This is the End without giving the entire thing away, and that is NOT what we’re going for here. I’m here to encourage everyone to go out and spend twelve bucks on a ticket, because it was just that good. So here’s what I can say:
There are a ton of celebrities in the movie, and everyone plays themselves. Which is great, because it plays on what we imagine these celebrities would be doing in their real lives, like making tripped-out “sequels” to their previous films for fun. Pineapple Express fans in particular will love it.
I didn’t think Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg would take this route, but it actually WAS a “Hell on Earth” apocalypse movie. It’s not particularly religious, but there is a clear distinction between the “good” ones and those who are left on Earth. Because of that, it should come as no surprise why none of the celebrities (sorry Michael Cera) made it into heaven.
Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel take the main focus of the movie, Jay playing the unpopular kid who doesn’t have any real friends besides Rogen. During the party at James Franco’s house, Jay is the only one who won’t acknowledge that Jonah Hill is “a total sweetheart” — so when all Hell breaks looks, Jonah wishes death upon Jay. In the night, Jonah is punished (quite spectacularly) for his cruel wishes by one of the demons running amok in the Hollywood Hills.
It takes a while for the pot heads to figure out what’s going on, but once they do, Rogen and Baruchel realize that the only way they can save themselves from the Devil is to prove that they’re good people. Robinson does it by successfully sacrificing himself to save his friends. Franco almost makes it, but his excessive gloating as a blue light is carrying him into the sky causes him to fall back down to the ground, where he’s devoured by a cannibalistic Danny McBride. It’s all in good fun.
The best part of This is the End is that the film manages to combine a survivalist-horror flick with the group-therapy session that is the core of the five’s friendship, all while maintaining a constant flow of man-boy silliness and crass dick jokes. It’s all just a grand ol’ time at the Franco residence, and even better times await once the remaining comedians make it up to heaven. I’m talking the Backstreet Boys. Backstreet’s back. Alright?
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