Thursday, 15 November 2012

Movie Review - Seeking a Friend for the End of the World


I have to bungee jump before the world ends

   So what would you do if the world will end in three weeks? I'm sure everyone has a bucket list for when they pass away but it's different matter when everybody else will perish with you.
Sorry, the dog is the man's best friend.
   That's the situation that Steve Carrell faces in 'Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.' He technically doesn't look for a friend to hang out with but he somehow gets saddled with one. He coddles and cares for the poor lonely thing, doing the feeding, the walking and the grooming... Oh and Keira Knightley comes along too...
No, having a life sentence won't save your life.
   Just kidding, haha. 'Sorry' about the man's best friend reference but a dog does play a part in the movie.  So does humor since it is a Steve Carell feature, after all. There are funny moments but none executed in an extreme slapstick or crude fashion. The tone isn't proper for a completely comedic reaction to the end of the world but bits of black comedy does seep in.

Lockhart for a lock-up.
   Steve Carell plays his usual, almost typecasted role of a supposed 'loser', a middle-aged misfit whose loneliness is alleviated by the presence of a woman. Carell has played this part countless of times so he can do it in his sleep. On the other hand, Keira Knightley is known for dramatic roles so she displays her quirky, fun side as an unpredictable lady with streaks of independence and vulnerability.  The other cast members breeze through the pair's journey as time is short and the end is nigh.
I have a gas mask and I know how to use it!
   People react in different ways as the asteroid that will destroy the earth comes closer. Some celebrate by doing the crazy things that they would never have attempted before or they try to convince their friends to join them. Others go about their normal routine, ignoring the impending doom. Some leave the earthly plane by their own hand or by their own way of choosing.  A select few think themselves prepared for the end.  But the movie is really more about how two people cope with the upcoming disaster and how it changes them.  Carell and Knightley's went on the road with specific purposes in mind but the journey changes their priorities as they discover more about themselves.

Blow my whistle baby... I mean kazoo, blow my kazoo.
  Getting to the end of the world isn't a huge mess of anarchy and chaos.  The emotional punch doesn't hit you on the face as it is a slow burn as the world spirals slowly to its doom. It's romantic and melancholic with an ingrained sense of acceptance at the inevitable end.  Not everyone will have the same situations that the characters in the film find themselves in but it should still give insight on how you yourself would react to the own end of the world.  Catch it at Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3 and Trinoma before any asteroids hit.

There's the asteroid!  The end is nigh!
   SPOILERS BELOW!  Don't read until you've seen the end of the world and by that, I mean the movie.  You can focus your features of the pictures provided by Focus Features too.
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Friendsy's is AWESOME!
   Friendsy's is pretty awesome, well, except for the orgy.  It needs a section for kids.

Yeah, they technically slept together.
   I'm glad they got the sex out of the way. After that, it was just the two of them traveling and no more sexual tension to blur the lines of what could be true friendship or love.

  The spider bit was a bit of fun, haha.

   Haha, they just left Knightley's boyfriend there!  That's pretty mean!

   They were letting children drink! Haha!
It would have been better if it was really a cookie that was double stuffed.
   Patton Oswalt was disgusting but, eh, level playing field. Might as well go for it :)

   I like the cop's dedication, if misplaced.

   The riot didn't actually damage their apartments

   There was no point to the dog but that's life just throwing you unexpected curve balls.  I suppose it gives Carell responsibility hence his need to live.


  The beach scene came out of nowhere.
 
   The whole May December romance between Carell and Knightley isn't a big deal. It is the end of world. I question the soul mates bit as it is too convenient. It might be better that it be two different people simple clinging to each other.  They didn't have to be soul mates and such.

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