Tuesday 13 November 2012

Today's Review: Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World

What would you do if you knew the world would be destroyed in a few weeks? If you're Dodge (Steve Carrell) the answer would be to sit in stunned silence while your wife runs away without saying a word. So begins a countdown to the end of civilisation for our hero(?). With his wife gone, Dodge doesn't really know what to do with himself, until he has a random encounter with Penny (Keira Knightley), a girl who lives upstairs. She wants to get back to see her family in England before the end, and Dodge wants to seek out his childhood sweetheart, so they decide to help each other out and start off on a road trip to fulfil their final wishes.

But the world isn't exactly a normal place at the end of times, so Dodge and Penny find themselves up against many obstacles on their journey. This is very much a comedy drama, and the happenings in the first half of the movie regularly had me laughing. As the end approached, though, it took a more serious yet life affirming turn. It must be difficult to take a world on the brink of destruction and make it genuinely heart warming, but Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World succeeds. The chemistry between Carrell and Knightley is fantastic. Both have proven themselves to be great actors in recent years, and it certainly doesn't let up here, and they steal the show in amongst a plethora of quirky characters and events.

I liked the look of this movie from the moment I saw the poster, and the end product didn't disappoint. It's a funny, heart warming movie with a tight script and two great leads. The apocalypse has never been more wonderful.

My rating: 5/5

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