November 24, 2012

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

Keira Knightly, Steve Carell

Let me start off by saying this was yet another movie I thought was a comedy that turned out not to be. It's not my fault, really. The tagline for the movie is "the first comedy about the end of it all." I swear, sometimes the people responsible for creating movie publicity don't even watch the movie! One of my favorite websites, has plenty of witty and sarcastic remarks about this very subject. At least its aptly titled. I guess I thought the subject was too depressing to actually make it a drama. But I would be wrong. I also didn't believe that Hollywood, even with all their bizarre and inappropriate pairings, would actually make me witness a kiss between Steve Carell and Keira Knightly. But again... I would be wrong. So wrong.

I've said this before, but this movie was... strange. Not in a bad way, but not really in a good way either. It falls into the extremely narrow genre of 'not-supposed-to-be-a-full-on-comedy-but-has-Steve-Carell-in-it', which as far as I know, only includes Dan in Real Life (I suppose there could be an argument for including Crazy, Stupid, Love. but that would sort of be missing my point). So it depends on how you feel about comedic actors foraying into the dramatic realm. For example, I felt surprisingly okay about Jim Carey in The Truman Show, but would rather die a slow death by [insert anything, really] than sit through Robin Williams in What Dreams May Come again.

So even though this movie may seem like a stretch for Steve Carell because it's not a comedy, he's essentially the same person anyway - awkward, middle-aged, conservative guy. He even sells insurance in this movie. The only real change between this movie and every other movie he's made is that there are less references to sex and everyone around him makes less jokes. 

Ultimately, this movie is good for the following groups of people:
1. The clinically depressed, who tend to ponder their end of days anyway
2. Those who stand on street corners and warn people about the imminent demise of the universe
3. Pseudo-intellectuals who need new ideas to start conversations and sound deep
4. People who have two hours to kill and aren't super picky about what they do with those hours

Final word: I don't know if its was the movie that made me depressed afterward or the fact that I couldn't figure out how I'd spend the last three weeks of my life.

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