This is the End – spoiler-free review

This is the End is the first directorial effort of long-time collaborators Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, writers of Superbad and Pineapple Express, and here’s hoping it won’t be the last.

Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson and Danny McBride team up to play (hopefully) fictionalized versions of themselves in a wacky comedy with heart.

Most of the film is primarily set at James Franco’s housewarming party, to which he has invited some of the most well-known Hollywood faces such as Michael Cera, Rihanna, Jason Segel, Kevin Hart and Emma Watson.

Things start to go awry when Jay, dragged to the party by Seth, and Seth walk to a shop, only for an earthquake to disrupt their plans. Soon after they rush back to James’s house, things take a turn for the worse.

Most of the celebrities at the party don’t make it home, with especially hilarious deaths from Kevin Hart and Michael Cera. Soon the six aforementioned stars are left to fend for themselves in a world they suddenly know nothing about.

Of course that’s not the whole point of the film, and there’s plenty of heart, mostly based around Jay and Seth, that really gives it the Rogen/Goldberg hallmark.

Whilst most of the jokes come off an absolute treat, especially the self-parody scenes, some of them are quite weak and make you wonder why they’re in. The pick of these unneeded scenes would be one involving Danny and James having an argument about the former masturbating all over the latter’s house.

The absolute highlight for me were the final two songs. Despite some of the hilarious jokes, the last two songs capture the essence of the film and bring it full circle in a fantastic way.

Overall, it’s a classic Rogen/Goldberg film that will have you laughing from start to finish.

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