At The Movies This Week, 5th July 2013
At The Movies This Week
This is the End ★★★★
Director: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen
Cast: Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride
A group of Hollywood and A-list celebrities attend Jams Franco’s party and find themselves holed up in his house when the apocalypse comes and the planet is overrun by demonic forces. In order to survive the apocalypse and transcend to heaven, they must redeem themselves for past behaviour.
Rogen takes a backseat in order to co-direct and lets the rest of the cast take the spotlight with some of the funniest bits focussing on the relationships between the various members of the group including Franco’s dislike for McBride. Rogen and Goldberg have worked with most of the cast enough to allow them to play up to their strengths and assets whilst making the most fun out of their quirks and traits and knowing their limits. Most of the film consists of the actors and singers poking fun of themselves with no holds barred.
There are lots of laugh out loud moments and brilliant cameos from the likes of Micheal Cera, Emma Watson, Mindy Kaling, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Martin Starr, Paul Rudd, Rihanna, and Channing Tatum, and a special treat for all Backstreet Boys fans!
There are plenty of gags and some good set pieces. The film is full of surprises and at the centre a heart-warming film about friendship.
The Internship ★★
Director: Shawn Levy
Cast: Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson, Rose Byrne
When two salesmen get made redundant and their careers go down the drain due to the digital world we now live in, they then find themselves applying for internship jobs at Google and compete against tech-savvy college students.
Wilson’s and Vaughn’s younger teammates are jaded by the growing competition in the job market but all dream of getting their dream job at Google. The teams of interns have to undergo a series of challenges, including a way drawn-out game of Quidditch. Billy (Vaughn) and Nick (Wilson) embrace that spirit of togetherness and find themselves trying to earn the respect of their team and Google.
There are some funny moments but suffers from lack of originality, the relationship between Wilson and Byrne is a little bit too scripted and unrealistic. Vaughn and Wilson have obviously tried to recapture some of the same magic that made “The Wedding Crashers” work but unfortunately it just isn’t quite there despite the chemistry between them.