The end of the world is a bit of an exaggeration but I get the idea. An asteroid hitting the earth won’t end the world. It will kill everyone and most everything, but the world will go on:) For the sake of this movie we’ll jump to the fictional “end of the world” concept and run with it. This might be some of my not-so-great impression of this movie, I had to make the effort to do a lot of intentional accepting of things. I’ll just get into it.
The cast determined most of the inert value of Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World. Carell is fine with me. He does a good job of blending the humor and drama without overdoing that charm he’s become famous for. On the other hand there is our leading lady. I have a very neutral reaction to Knightly. There are times in movies when she is awesome, yes. There are more moments in movies when she is not awesome. Most of the moments in this movie she is not awesome, in fact she is such a distraction from the great concept of the story that it lowers my opinion, lessened the experience. She overacts so many times and I don’t care about her archetypal character.
When I don’t care about a person in the story it is the first sign that I won’t end up giving it very high marks in the depths of my movie loving mind. My mind starts to wander and the other flaws in the movie start to get bigger and bigger. Some of the flaws were the huge mess ups with continuity. At one point our people are fleeing a huge riot (that is shown neither as huge or menacing) and their apartment building being burned down. Later they return to a perfectly preserved, not ransacked, not damaged apartment building…WHAT?? Some scenes are completely pointless in the overall plot. There are moments that almost make no sense and should have been the obligatory deleted bits and pieces.
The idea is wonderfully interesting. It’s so sad for me as a story lover to be dragged quietly from moment to moment, poorly edited scene to poorly written scene, and through painfully uninteresting interactions between our heroine and hero. All this and STILL my desire to want a good movie about a new look at people facing the pending end of humanity overrides the negatives. I would recommend it to people who aren’t very particular about the things I have been talking about, and people who can gloss over the content of the movie to only stare at Keira Knightly.
Ultimately it was a disappointment, not because I expected much from the movie, but so much from the idea.
- Outtakes – Steve Carell & friends ham it up behind the scenes.
- A Look Inside Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World – A short EPK style featurette that interviews some of the cast.
- Music For The End Of The World – Another short piece that asks what the stars would have on there musical playlist for the end of the world.
- Feature Commentary – This is a very weird commentary as director Lorene Scafaria and her mother???? talk us through the movie. Patton Oswald and Adam Brody also appear but nothing from Carell & Knightley. I guess Scafaria’s mother was more important.
- DVD & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 4/10
The cover image is misleading and kind of boring. I would not have it as a poster. The menu is navigation, nothing special.
Audio & Video: 8/10
Universal & Focus Features bring Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World to Blu-Ray using a AVC encoded transfer which is presented in 2.35:1 aspect ratio. This is a very sharp and vibrant transfer in line with most modern movies. There are a couple of instances of black crush and lack of shadow detail in the scenes where the riots are going on, but these are so short you have to be eagle eyed to notice.
The lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Track is pretty much what you expect from a small talky movie like this. The movie features little to no actual action scenes so the rear speakers are somewhat quiet throughout. The end scene just before the end credits brings the room to life with some amazing LFE action that is so short if you’re not paying attention you might miss it.
Overall Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World is a fun movie but falls a little short of the mark for me. The Blu-Ray presentation is great though so it’s worth a look anyway.
It is fine for a rental on a rainy Saturday afternoon, just be sure to follow it up with something like Armageddon, OK it’s not great but it’s dynamic and fun and it delivers what it promises. It’s kitschy and corny and the asteroid is a threat I can grasp. I cared about some of the folks in the story of Armageddon so that distracted me from the negatives…again, connecting with the people in the story makes a huge difference. Even with both movies are not top quality films, there are those elements of Armageddon that keep my brain bouncing more while Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World left me flat, blah, my brain challenged to find something to react to. Oh, this is the value section, well, it’s worth a rental price. A couple of bucks is fine for a new Carell flick.
Overall Score 5/10