Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (movie review)
Whenever you see that Steve Carell is starring in a movie, you have to ask yourself: Which Steve Carell is showing up this time? Will it be the loud, obnoxious one, pissed off that the word is ending a la Michael Scott or The Incredible Burt Wonderstone? No, it’s the quiet, reserved Steve Carell from The 40 Year Old Virgin and Little Miss Sunshine. Hey, I like Steve Carell, but let’s face it – the guy is like one of those old sinks in your grammar school bathroom that have separate facets for hot and cold water. You can either be scorched by the searing lava of the hot tap or face the bitter winter of discontent from the cold tap. (Yeah, the plumber is coming by to do some work today, so plumbing metaphors will be tossed hither and thither or whatever.)
Meanwhile, Keira Knightley is playing the Manic Pixie Dream Girl role – for the love of God, she’s even holding vinyl records on the poster! If you’re not familiar with the term Manic Pixie Dream Girl, check out Natalie Portman’s character in the movie Garden State or every role Zooey Deschanel has ever played, EVER – she can’t even get through an iPhone commercial without falling into the trap. Oh well, it’s Keira Knightley, so it still works.
For the most part, the movie focuses on how people are dealing with the end of the world – different people have different agendas. For example, Steve Carell’s cleaning lady is in denial, but because he doesn’t get it, the audience doesn’t really get it – the movie accidentally portrays it as if she’s an immigrant who doesn’t understand English well enough to understand what’s going on. She’s played for laughs, and it frustrates me!
Other than that, I don’t have any major gripes – the flick is kinda slow and there are several plot threads that are not especially interesting, but for the most part, it’s fun to watch, but I don’t see myself sitting through it again. I’m giving Seeking a Friend for the End of the World a 7 out of 10.
Posted on August 6, 2013, in movie review and tagged Keira Knightley, Manic Pixie Dream Girl, movie review, movies, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, Steve Carell. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.