Review: Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World
If you knew the world would end in three weeks, what would you do? Here’s what Steve Carell and Keira Knightley did.
An asteroid is hurtling towards Earth ready to blow it to smithereens, when two unlikely people team up to embark on a journey to reunite with loved ones.
The film begins with a scene explaining Earth’s situation whilst Dodge, played by Steve Carell, and his wife listen in the car. The opening scene is exactly what you hope it would be. Straight to the point and has the first laugh of the film. The world’s order then starts unraveling, with people not bothering to turn up to work, shops start closing down, people start fleeing to various destinations and riots starting all over the world.
Generally, people start becoming more reckless and this is shown by a great scene as Dodge watches the news. As the riots begin to effect the building Dodge and his neighbour Penny (Keira Knightley) live in, they decide to flee to go and be with loved ones, meeting a few odd balls on their way. Look out for Glen, the dying trucker who has a reason to be on edge. There is a laugh out loud scene in a restaurant called Friendsys to make sure you keep an eye on.
The first half of the film has some laughs to keep you entertained, where as the second half focus’s more on the characters and their stories to move along the plot. In some places this seems to lack that extra drive needed to get the film moving swiftly and unfortunately peaks a little bit too early with a slow decline back down. There isn’t anything spectacularly interesting in terms of film making, and it definitely shouldn’t be defined as a comedy but an emotional drama.
With the end of the film inescapably down beat, you will likely leave the cinema feeling just okay. Seeking a Friend is definitely not everyone’s cup of tea and I wouldn’t suggest people who are looking for the type of characters Carell has played in Anchorman and 40 Year Old Virgin to go see it.
Granted the film isn’t as funny as you originally expect it to be, but it does get you thinking as to what you would do if you knew the world was coming to an end. What would you be doing and who would you be spending it with?
Seeking A Friend for the End of the World is out in UK cinemas now.
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