This Is the End (2013)

This is the End

This post features spoilers hence avoid this post if you haven’t seen the movie but by now, I assume you have so just keep reading – just keep reading.

I knew I wanted to see This Is the End in the cinema right after I saw its home video styled teaser trailer featuring James Franco and Seth Rogen hiding in the basement. Then the trailer came out and made me even more thrilled about this Summer’s big block buster comedy featuring the end of the world. So it’s fair to say that I was very hyped up about this movie but as per protocol, that exhilarating feeling I had before seeing This Is the End was eventually its biggest downfall.

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# 53 – The Sorcerer’s Apprentice

Despite the fact that I really wanted to see Inception this weekend I didn’t think it as a great idea. Since I’m still sick (I don’t think its a cold, its something much more evil than that!) I have these cough attacks that might last 10-20 minutes so I was afraid that it might set some people off in the audience if I start dieing or something – I would have to leave the cinema hall for a little while (yeah, I’m such a good person, thinking about others and their discomfort – oh well). Leaving in the middle of Inception wasn’t an option for me so I decided to see The Sorcerer’s Apprentice instead – skipping a movie I wasn’t that excited about wouldn’t be as bad. Well… I didn’t cough much and the only people in the audience were kids (I don’t think about them) so I didn’t have to leave in the middle of the movie – which in the end turned out to be good, I think.

Nicolas Cage’s last movie I saw was Kick-Ass which I didn’t appreciate much, but this one was better than the comic book based movie. Now he had magic powers that Merlin thought him! Oh well, the whole story was a bit fairytale but what else can you expect from Disney right? There was another decent role from Jay Baruchel – he has that geeky-funny look to himself, similar to Michael Cera – both who are showing Zac Efron that you don’t need to be hot to be cool. Geeks seem to get their power on (Glee is another good example of that).

Did I like the movie? Well, I didn’t get into it a lot but I enjoyed the humor and I needed a good laugh. Some magic tricks were pretty cool and it didn’t lack the special effects. It was also a typical Disney hero movie – do I have to say more? Probably not right, everybody who knows hero movies gets the hero movie concept. Sadly, this concept has lasted for years like romantic comedy concept – there is this typical story board tale and then they try to make it new by changing the names or so. Okay, it’s not that way exactly but it seems like it. Those who have seen the movie – what was up with the ring or I mean the way the hand was held to make the ring do something – Jay, really? That was bad, funny at first, but bad – in the end though – it was a little like Percy Jacksons moment – totally! Huh, I thought I had seen that before, the same stands the same good evil look – heroes do look alike.

It has a 6,3 average in IMDb but with little votes given – I’m giving it 3+ – not good, not bad – I still think that Inception would be ten times better but isn’t it great to wait and wait and then finally see it. Hoping it happens soon – also hoping that my cold gives up the task of torturing me, enough is enough, I get it, no more air-conditioner for me.

NB! Did you know that this isn’t the first movie called The Sorerer’s Apprentice, in 2002 the same movie/story was made in South-Africa.

# 27 – She’s Out of My League

Jay Baruchel is having a big year – How to Train Your Dragon and soon to be released The Sorcerer’s Apprentice addition to She’s Out of My League are bringing this geeky guy into the spot light.  I don’t know about The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (except the difficult spelling of the title for me) but How to Train Your Dragon was wonderful and She’s Out of My League wasn’t as bad as I thought. (Doesn’t it seem that the names of the movies are getting longer and longer?)

Any how, after watching Kick Ass, She’s Out of My League seemed quite a good comedy with its awkward jokes and moments. I have to admit, I laughed at times but I wasn’t surprised of the outcome of the movie. It seems that it’s harder and harder to make a movie which ending isn’t clear at the beginning (The Ghost Writer had that actually!).And in addition I think that the comedy is so hard to write to appeal to the more sophisticated crowd – I for one have had enough of the silly penis jokes and premature ejaculations. I mean, how many times can that be funny?

Jay’s characters mom was that mom from That 70’s Show and I was so thrilled when I first saw her and that was about it. I think my expectations of her character were bigger and that disappointed me a little. The storyline itself was quite common: guy meets girl, guy falls in love with girl, then messes it up, then they get back together, then brake-up and in the end make out! And then there are the crazy friends who are very good at giving advice (at least they themselves think that) and helping out with the laughs. What actually made me like the movie, was the fact that the main girl character was treated well. She had some punch lines too and she didn’t fall or embarrass herself in any way, so that was good – we don’t need another Good Luck Chuck moment or There’s Something About Mary…

So all of that considered, I’d give the comedy 3 stars out of 5 – and I think it has something to do with the “I think I have already seen that” efect that the it had, that a lot of comedies have francly.