This is the End
“Man-child pack” really doesn’t roll off the tongue as well as the rat pack or the brat pack, but I’m really not sure how else to describe this group of mostly Goldenberg-ites as of now, so let’s go with it. We’ve got Seth Rogan, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Craig Robinson, Jonah Hill and Danny McBride together as themselves, during the apocalypse.
All around, this movie was a good time. This is the End doesn’t try to be anything more than it is – man-children growing up a little. Little social commentary is needed or wanted for that matter. It helps to know a thing or two about these guys, but really in this cebraculture we’re immersed in, that really isn’t much of an issue, is it?
It’s arguable that they tried too hard to go that extra mile about what it means to be a good person, but really, during the Apocalypse, I can’t say I blame them. Everything makes sense for the situation at hand, and we’re given some decent extremes – considering McBride’s douchebaggery and Baruchel’s piousness. Sometimes people are just assholes no matter what – but as we learn from James Franco, the intention outweighs the action. There’s a lesson for all of us I suppose.
Overall, this is a great little romp of a movie. It’s a bit predictable come the crunch, but the antics are incredibly entertaining. So if you’re into pop-culture references and dick jokes ahoy, go for it. If not, well, at least you’ll have a good time.
Final Grade: B+