‘This is the End’ achieves divine success

Joe Llorin, Features Editor

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Admittedly, we’ve all wondered what it would be like to experience the apocalypse and how it would be if we were surrounded by our best friends. Giving into to such an idea, the minds behind comedies such as “Superbad” and “Pineapple Express” translate it into “This is the End,” an apocalyptic comedy that might be their funniest collaboration yet.

In almost a complete parody of all that is theatre, “This is the End” features its cast as fictional versions of themselves- a mockumentary of sorts. The film starts with Jay Baruchel arriving in Los Angeles to visit Seth Rogen in an attempt to rekindle their recently drifting friendship. While Jay intends to spend time alone with Seth, James Franco’s housewarming party summons them and the duo make an appearance at the party, which is attended by a plethora of big-name celebrities.

However, Franco’s party is crashed literally when- unbeknownst to the party-goers- the apocalypse occurs, destroying all of Los Angeles and taking countless casualties- many of which are Franco’s guests. The Earth around Franco’s mansion is scorched, leaving all but six survivors inside: Franco, Rogen, Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and Danny McBride. With the world ending around them, the group must survive on their rations, instincts and most importantly, their friendship.

As if the idea of an apocalypse isn’t scary enough, the film dwells on such themes of the battle between Heaven and Hell, the devil, divine forgiveness and dives deep within the pages of the Bible. Despite how heavy these subthemes are, the overlapping theme of friendship more than balances out the movie. Humor is placed above all in “This is the End,” which is showcased by portraying the Devil in a silly and unnatural way.

With an ensemble cast of comedic geniuses, “This is the End” is almost too funny for its own good. The laughs come so frequently that it may be hard for viewers to catch up on some of the comedic gold that comes spewing out of these talented actors’ mouths. From surprising cameos to laugh-out-loud moments like “the exorcism of Jonah Hill,” longtime fans of the Goldberg-Rogen duo may break a rib from laughing so hard.

However, at almost two hours long, the film tends to drag on during some of its scenes. It makes room for more comedy but viewers can get lost in the ensuing chaos. Although the film is rated R and its cast is notorious for being rather over-the-top in their respective films, some of the content found in the film may be straddling that line a little too close for comfort. It makes for serious laughs but make sure you don’t watch the film with any relatives.

Although the film shouldn’t be taken as anything more than just a group of friends basking in the success their careers have earned them and though the film drags on with pointless but humorous nonsense “This is the End” provides enough laughs to last you the entire apocalypse… should there ever be one.

Rating: 4/5