This is the End has received quite a few positive marks from a number of top critics.
Although comedies generally have a tough time when they land in the hands of reviewers, directors Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen’s apocalyptic farce is getting quite a bit of acclaimed.
This is the End tells the story of six friends who find themselves trapped inside a house during what appears to be the end of days. After things begin to escalate, they venture outside into what’s left of Los Angeles.
The flick stars Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, and Jonah Hill, among many others. All of the actors play themselves in the comedy.
Newsday critic Rafer Guzman seemed to particularly enjoy Rogen and Goldberg’s apocalyptic flick. Although not every joke was a zinger, Guzman was seemingly able to look past these occasional hiccups.
“With no outsiders to coddle, this tight-knit ensemble locks into a groove and reaches some truly giddy heights, turning even the weakest material (a spoof of “The Exorcist”) into anarchic fun,” he wrote in his review.
Kyle Smith of the New York Post seemed to enjoy the flick more than anyone. According to him, This is the End could cause considerable bodily harm to those who find the flick’s numerous jokes to be nothing short of hilarious.
“There is stuff in [the film] that had me laughing so hard, I sensed new body parts joining in to help out — my pancreas was heaving, my bile ducts ripped,” he explained.
Of course, not everyone is going to love This is the End. Although Andrew O’Hehir at Salon.com said the movie was initially enjoyable, a few things started to get under his skin as the feature wore on.
“I enjoyed the hell out of it for a while, but it got irritating and self-congratulatory long before it was over and I desperately do not want to see it again,” he wrote in his write-up.
Rogen and Goldberg’s flick has some stiff competition this weekend. Zach Synder’s highly-anticipated Man of Steel also hits the big screen.
Are you planning to catch This is the End in cinemas over the weekend? Do you think the film stands a chance against Man of Steel?