This is the End (movie review)

this-is-the-endIf you were singing any of the lyrics from The Doors classic, “The End,” which simply begins, “This is the end,” the title of today’s film, you may want to center on one particular line, “Can you picture what will be?” If you haven’t seen this movie yet, you can try to imagine what imagery you’ll see in this flick, but don’t bother – just go see it.

This is the End features tons of laughs, a bang or two that made the audience jump and just a fun time at the movies over all. It’s raunchy, raw and in many ways, a by the numbers story from a premise I don’t think I’ve ever seen in any medium, but it’s truly a flick that is worth the price of admission..

This now ends the spoiler free portion of the review. I’ll give you the score now: This is the End receives an 8 out of 10 for reasons I won’t explain in the spoiler free review. Read on for additional discussion!

“Hi, I’m James Franco, and I straight up don’t give a fuck.”
Franco just makes whatever movie he feels like now. You thought he was gonna be one of those high art dudes after 127 Hours? Well, you were mistaken. Sometimes, a dude just have to argue about cum for 5 minutes with another dude and smoke weed through half a flick – that’s how Franco roles in this picture, and it is awesome.

That’s some cast.
It’s the Freaks and Geeks/Undeclared crew rocking out together! Man, these guys work together a lot – all of the primary players have at least made one more or a TV show together. I’m sure a smarter person could put together a Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel graph for you, but I’m not up to the task – I’ll just reiterate that these guys have worked together a lot in their careers. Danny McBride and Craig Robinson seem to be the latest guy they’ve integrated into their crew. I enjoyed Michael Cera’s self-deprecating humor and Emma Watson (who’s quickly becoming a major player post Harry Potter) was awesome. I would have liked to see more Mindy Kaling andPaul Rudd, but Rihanna was kinda useless – until she died, then it was all worth it. Channing Tatum was a nice surprise – there’s a dude that’s not afraid to poke fun at his image.

The Pineapple Express sequel was awesome.
I really enjoyed that sequence – that was a lot of fun. I get the feeling that they wanted to make that movie and no one would give them the money so they just threw it in here – and it was hilarious.

Why I didn’t give this movie a perfect score.
As it goes on, This is the End gets more and more predictable. I certainly didn’t see the Jonah Hill getting raped by a demon with a big erect cock scene coming (and I enjoyed that he went out of a way to say, “This isn’t a dream! This is real!”), but some things were clear: obviously, Franco had to be punished for his various sins (particularly greed), as did Jonah Hill, but it was nice that they sent Craig Robinson out into the wilderness and he didn’t get killed by the demon and then didn’t get killed by the demon a second time and thereby poking fun at the ridiculous “black guy always gets killed by the monster” cliché, so that was welcome.
It’s worth saying that the special effects in this movie are not great looking – they’re passable, but not up to 2013 standards. In this sort of comedy, it’s not that big a deal, but the effects are noticeably lame at times, but for a movie that ends with the Back Street Boys singing their titular tune, it looks good enough.

So, the cutting edge of comedy is big black demon cock.
There’s no other way to say it: this movie is funny as hell; it’s the funniest movie I’ve seen in a long while, and it sure is different. Even if you saw the ending coming a mile away, it was still a great time at the movies and I highly recommend This is the End.

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