Sunday, June 16 2013, 08:55 AM MDT
Movie Review: This Is the End
3 out of 5 Stars
Directors: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Starring: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson
Genre: Comedy, Action
Recommended To: Those looking for an incredibly vulgar, but frequently funny comedy about the end of the world.
Synopsis: Facing the apocalypse Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and other celebrities lock themselves inside James Franco’s new home.
Review: Watching celebrities lampoon their public personas while giant demons dismantle Los Angeles is fun way to spend 80 minutes. Unfortunately This Is the End lasts for 107. Still, that’s only 30 minutes of unfunny, vulgar, awkward and self-indulgent adlibbing placed around 60 minutes of funny, vulgar, awkward and self-indulgent adlibbing.
This Is the End starts well and ends well; it’s the middle of the film that needs some adjustment. Neither Seth Rogen or his co-director/co-writer Evan Goldberg (Pineapple Express) seem to know when to set aside the pot in favor of the film’s plot. A stronger voice of reason in the editing room might have made the film a bit more enjoyable.
-Ryan Michael Painter