‘This is the End’ - a hit and miss affair

Pictured (l-r): James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and Danny McBride.
Pictured (l-r): James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and Danny McBride.

‘This Is The End’ is a raucous comedy directed and written by Rogen and Evan Goldberg, co-writers of ‘Superbad’ and ‘Pineapple Express’.

Staring Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel, the movie pokes merciless fun at the decimation of the US west coast.

Rogen excitedly welcomes actor buddy Baruchel to Los Angeles, a city which Jay clearly loathes. He’s less than thrilled at the prospect of attending a house party thrown by James Franco. “I will stay with you all night,” Seth promises. “Nobody puts Jay in the corner.”

With the booze flowing and Michael Cera harassing anything in a skirt, Jay puts on a brave face, especially when he encounters arch-nemesis Jonah Hill.

In order to escape, Jay heads to a nearby grocery store for cigarettes with Seth in tow. Pandemonium ensues as bright blue beams of light scythe down from the sky and suck up hundreds of people.

The buddies race back to the party but Jay immediately wants to leave, telling Seth: “I don’t want to die in James Franco’s house!”.

It is a potty-mouthed hot mess that scores a decent amount of laughs in between homoerotic male bonding and inevitable toilet humour. The cast appear to be having a blast and occasional smirks suggest some of the banter is ad-libbed.

There are undeniably hilarious moments in the ramshackle script including the appearance of a sinkhole that claims the lives of virtually the entire cast.

However, there’s a surfeit of ideas without clear direction, the tone lurches awkwardly from comedy to special-effects laden mayhem and the final reckoning arrives 15 minutes too late.

Starring: Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Jason Segel, Emma Watson, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Paul Rudd.

‘This Is The End’ (Cert 15, 107 mins, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Comedy/Sci-Fi/Action/Horror, also available to buy DVD £17.99/Blu-ray £22.99)

Also released this week: ‘Chasing Mavericks’, ‘Alpha And Omega 2: A Howl-iday Adventure’, ‘Nobody’s Daughter Haewon’ and ‘Trap For Cinderella’.

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