HUB Movie Review: This Is The End
Nope, the end was supposed to be last year on December 21…but that didn’t happen. Yet, that doesn’t mean Hollywood can’t make massive amounts of money, with movies based on the apocalypse. And no, they won’t be serious about it. They would rather have you laugh your head off. Which you now can, considering it did not happen, and it was so ridiculous in the first place. (But those of you who did take it seriously, you know who you are.)
This Is The End centers on six real actors, who are friends, and they party it up at James Franco’s house in L.A. Everybody is having a great time, including Rihanna (yes, she’s there too), Michael Cera, Mindy Kahling, Aziz Ansari, Paul Rudd (see a pattern of comedians here?) and a bunch of other well known faces. So if you ever wondered what parties are like in Hollywood, well, there you go.
Behold, the apocalypse happens! A giant hole opens up the Earth, and there’s fire and screaming, and comedy. So these six buddies, Franco, Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson, now faced with the apparent Apocalypse, have to survive.
Now, surviving shouldn’t be too hard. In the trailer you see that they have electricity. Electricity equals internet, right? And people said the apocalypse would be this terrible event. What were they thinking, scaring us up like that.
So a whole bunch of stuff goes down. These incompetent friends need to survive—not only the apocalypse, but also each other as well. That’s the premise.
In this movie, expect lots of blood, cursing, gore, stupidity and celebrity cameos (and a very popular boy band!).
The movie is original, it is funny and certainly fresh, according to the critics from RottenTomatoes.com. The audience gave it a favorable score of 77/100. I will definitely go see it (again) because though the humor is what it is, I find that humor hilarious.
On the Penn State Scale…
1—when Penn State loses a game,
2—an 8 a.m class (which are awful),
3—a canceled 8 a.m class,
4— free textbooks,
and 5—PENN STATE COMES BACK AND BEATS MICHIGAN,
This movie is a solid three and a half. It has its ups and downs, and you may sometimes think it’s too much, but which movie isn’t. It’s like a Nicholas Sparks movie: the romance is too overwhelming and just way too cute that you just can’t handle it anymore and you turn on WWE instead.
This Is The End will surely enough make you laugh your head off—just beware Emma Watson’s axe (she knows how to use it).
Side note: It’s a good thing these guys play fictional characters of themselves because if they don’t, their publicists would probably suffer from multiple heart attacks.
Sofia Westin is a freshman majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact her, email email@example.com.
About the Contributors
Senior / Broadcast Journalism, Economics
Sofia currently works as a Digital Signage producer for Barnes & Noble College at Penn State University since September. Previously she served as Project Manager and Producer for Peer to Peer Productions, run by the College of Communications. She has held numerous leadership positions and several positions within broadcast and PR.
She wants to work in business communications and marketing for a global company.