Today I’m having an Apocalypse Comedy Day, if you will, meaning I’ll be posting two reviews: one of This Is The End and one of The World’s End. For starters, let’s take a look at…

This one I recommend.

This one I recommend.

The heroes.

The heroes.

Good fun for a good laugh!

Good fun for a good laugh!

Who would’ve guessed that one way to make a comedy film funnier is to have actors appear, not as characters, but as themselves? Either way, that’s how the actors are used within Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s This Is The End and for some reason that only makes this picture all the more hilarious.

This Is The End is yet another recent film that focuses in some way on the apocalypse, although it has more in common with The World’s End than it does with, say, Oblivion or Elysium. It admittedly took me a while to get around to seeing this one, but now I have the chance to urge others who haven’t seen it to do just that, because boy is this a delightfully raunchy and smart treat of a movie!

The film stars Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Jonah Hill and Danny McBride, playing hysterical, exaggerated versions of themselves, or rather sporting character traits that resemble those of the roles they’re normally cast in, as they have to try to get along and (in spite of being such a diverse set of weirdos, jerks and morons) do everything in their power to survive what appears to be the end of days. It doesn’t go too well, which means that, of course, hilarity ensues.

It all begins when the six of them are present at a huge party at the house of Franco, where many other Hollywood celebrities hang out, touch substances, engage in a bunch of messed-up party antics and exchange in-jokes about the films and shows they’ve appeared in. Aside from the aforementioned six man band, we’re treated to cameos by the likes of Michael Cera, Emma Watson, Mindy Kaling, Kevin Hart, Rihanna for some reason, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Channing Tatum who appears in a scene that feels like bit of a middle finger to his fangirls, not that I’m complaining. The party, if pretty intense, seems fairly normal, until suddenly a massive tremor hits Hollywood, people are sucked into the sky by weird beams of light, the ground begins to crumble and most of the area is set ablaze. The only seeming survivors of this disaster are Bachurel, Rogen, Franco, Hill, Robinson and McBride, who take refuge in Franco’s house until they get some clue of just what the Hell is going on out there.

Hollywood, ablaze and destroyed; no doubt a metaphor for the upcoming "Fifty Shades of Grey" movie.

Hollywood, destroyed and out of hope; no doubt a metaphor for the upcoming “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie.

Bachurel, possibly the nicest person in the film, begins to theorize that this is Judgement Day and that this is all the work of Satan himself, meaning that those who got sucked into the beams earlier are safe in Heaven. Thankfully, it makes for a much more entertaining film than that insufferable p.o.s Little Nicky.

There were some things about This Is The End that annoyed me. Even though having the actors play themselves was a pretty funny idea, not everything they was as hilarious as it could’ve been. I felt that most of the “movie jokes” revolved around the roles played by Franco, although the slapstick and black comedy that makes up the rest of the film more or less makes up for that bit. It’s when I start thinking about the visual effects that I get a little less enthusiastic but I suppose we should never expect too much from a film that was never meant to be taken seriously. Even then, some of the apocalyptic imagery is pretty beautiful! Some of it.

One thing that the movie most certainly is, though, is heartwarming. Baruchel and Rogen play some of the nicer people in the movie and they seem to get most of the screentime, where they prove to be some very adorable friends. Scenes where they actually manage to get along with the rest of the guys inside of the mansion, though, are pretty sweet also. The only one who seems unredeemable is McBride, whose tendency to hog all the food supplies and ejaculate on Franco’s stuff is only the beginning of all the bad stuff the man does in the film. He practically serves as a secondary antagonist.

Also enjoyable is the choice of music. Comedies usually employ some recognizable songs to make things more fun, which This Is The End certainly does, apart from when they used “Gangnam Style” which was basically the equivalent of all those idiots who kept making forced, pointless references to it both in public and online back when people still gave a crap about it; that is, they did it because they had no choice. When something makes it big on the Internet, you are forced to run it into the ground with worn-out memes or the mere refusal of shutting up about it until you can go on no more. Exhibit A: “Gangnam Style”. Exhibit B: That song about foxes. Gee, what’s that called again?

Seriously, though, I recommend This Is The End. It is a good time that will leave you amused, entertained and most hopefully disgusted by the gore effects and depraved sexual comedy. Just the way mama likes it. Or, well, at least I do.

4/5 whatever

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