I saw This Is The End a few weeks back. So since it was a little while ago, this will be a shorter review. I remember liking the movie and laughing a lot while watching it. If you think you've seen all the gags in the trailer for this movie, you're wrong. This is an R-rated end of the world, demon apocalypse story that goes to R-rated extremes to make you laugh. You haven't seen it all in the trailers.
This Is The End is written and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. And they do a good job doing both. There is one particular action/chase sequence that came out very well for first time directors, known more for comedy. The basic premise is that these actors are playing themselves in this end of the world scenario. The movie starts out a little slow, as we spend a little more time than necessary with Jay Baruchel visiting with Seth Rogen before the two go to James Franco's house for a party, where the world inexplicably ends. Craig Robinson, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride are all at the party as well, and round out our group of survivors that we follow. There is a little bit of Hollywood snobbiness in the party scene of the film, but the guys don't go out of their way to tear it down or make fun of it, which I thought they would, to relate the characters to the audience. In the end, maybe they didn't need to do that because I like a lot of these actors anyway. The comedy here comes from a lot of different places. Some of it is derived from the end of the world scenario and plot, other times it comes from a single line, but most of the time it comes from the relationships between the characters. This creates a nice even mix for the movie, as you're not always laughing at one type of thing. The jokes come from all different directions, so when you're laughing, it's genuine.
All in all, if you're a fan of any of these actors, or their past films, This Is The End is well worth your time. If you've never seen any of these actors' films before, but like the end of the world scenario, a good dose of dick jokes, and buddy comedies, I think you'll like this film. If you're still not convinced, here's two words that might make you want to see the film, as it has to be seen to believed: Demon Penis.
4 out of 5 Stars