Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Movie Reviews
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Keira Knightley usually stars in unusual movies, just like her last film, "A Dangerous Method". She's supposed to be a conventional leading lady type actress but she never seems to get those parts or want to be a part of those films. That's what I like about her so much - she dares to go where others don't!
This is basically a buddy movie with a twist, the twist being that a young British girl is stuck with a middle aged man (Steve Carrell) as they drive toward the end of the world. They both have a lot to learn from each other, though not much time in which to learn it since, well, the Earth is ending!
It's a pretty low key performance for Steve Carrell and Keira is her usual bubbly self, which I loved. This movie will make you think and cry, at least it did for me.
I saw this movie with my friends and even though I was the only one who really liked it, I'm not embarrassed to say so. Yeah, it's kinda odd and sometimes it doesn't make much sense, but when the world is ending (as it is in this movie) things aren't supposed to make sense anymore. If two total strangers decide to take a road trip when the world is about to end, well, why not? What else are they going to do? Sit around and wait for the earth to swallow them up? I should like to think not!
Steve Carrell used to annoy me on "The Office" - I just don't find him funny. Thank goodness he gives a very, very underplayed performance in this movie or I don't think I would have been able to tolerate it. Keira Knightley is totally cute as a spunky and sprite like British girl who gets the fuddy duddy played Carrell to understand that Life if for the living, even if their days are numbered. After all, all of our days are numbered, right? This movie got me thinking and made me appreciate my life a little more. I even cried toward the end (and I hardly ever cry at the movies).
For once we get a movie about the end of the world that isn't about aliens or natural disasters! I took my teenage daughter with me to see the film, a little nervous about how she would react to it (after all, most teens don't think much about the end of the world) but she found it interesting and it got us talking about things we normally wouldn't talk about in the theater.
Steve Carrell is thankfully very restrained in his role as an average joe who has to contend with the end of life as we know it. My daughter and I both loved how spunky and alive was the performance by Keira Knightley. She's one of the best actresses around today, but she doesn't get all the attention and accolades I think she deserves. It might be because she's not a tabloid staple but she's smart enough to let her work speak for itself. Not a movie for everyone, especially if you are expecting the usual Steve Carrell comedy, but it's a nice and thoughtful change that will probably get you thinking about things most movies don't dare to broach.
"Seeking A Friend For the End of the World" is the opposite and anti-"Armageddon". Instead of roughnecks destroying an asteroid with bombast, we get a movie about the people on Earth after the shuttle mission has failed. The Earth is going to be destroyed in 21 days, and Dodge (Steve Carrell) is pretty depressed, his wife having just left him for another man just as everything is ending. Dodge spends the end by himself, still going to his insurance job, until he meets Penny (Keira Knightley). They start a friendship, and a road trip, to find the love Dodge lost and to try and get Penny home before the end of the world. It's an at times funny, at times overly dramatic film, but I found it really interesting. Writer/director Lorene Scafaria allows us to meet some interesting characters, and see how they all react to this cataclysmic event. Everyone has a different story about how they would spend their end of days, and Scafaria illustrates this nicely, with a quirky sensibility. It's a fascinating, if imperfect, story with two wonderful lead actors doing what they do best.
I love Steve Carell and I try to see any film that he is in, this one was no exception. I thought that the film was actually pretty good but i am not sure if it is worth seeing in the theaters. I mean the film was well made and the story was quite interesting in the same time it was a bit depressing that two people fell in love while the world was ending. I thought that Carell and Knightley had a great chemistry together and that was pretty surprising, I mean you have to admit that these two actors look a bit weird together. THe film was quite funny and well paced and overall I had a good time watching it but I do not think it is worth the price of the movie ticket, i think you will be better off watching it at the comfort of your home.
I wanted to see this film for a while now and was really afraid that it will be disappointing. I am a big fan of Steve Carell and I root for this actor so it is almost painful for me to watch a film fail if he is in it. However, this film did not disappoint me and I had a great time watching it. I do have to say that Steve Carell and Keira Knightley is an odd couple but somehow they work well together and their chemistry is just right. I liked the story of the film and the mix of genres, it was original and refreshing. Both Carell and Knightley nailed their characters and gave them enough depth so the audience seemed to care about them. Overall, if you are tired of silly rom-coms this film will be quite a treat for you.
Hmmm. . . where to start? Well, for starters, I thought this was going to be a funny movie. It had a few light moments, but there was really nothing in it that made me laugh out loud. It's basically a buddy movie set in the apocalypse, with Keira Knightley being her usual spritely self and Steve Carrell somehow cast as a guy who's permanently down on his luck. I guess it shouldn't matter so much to him now that the world is ending (in the movie, that is) but there's plenty of time for him to learn those lessons Hollywood movies always think we should learn.
A kind of quirky road trip movie, I think it would have been much better if the director had tried to make it less serious and more fun. Like I said, it has its moments, but overall there's so much going on in the movie that it feels like two movies crammed into one. Eh, not too impressive, unfortunately.
This movie is one of those films from Hollywood that thinks it's a comedy but is really a drama. Most people who see the trailer or commercial on TV will think that it's a typical Steve Carrell kind of a movie: meaning silly and about a moronic everyman who finds himself in a situation that is way out of his breadth. This movie is really nothing like that. It's more of a bittersweet tale of what two people with seemingly nothing in common do when the world is coming to an end.
Keira Knightley plays a headstrong girl named Penny who doesn't seem to mind that the world is about to come to an end. She joins a man named Dodge (Carrell) on a journey as he goes from being just a mundane insurance salesman to someone who has deep insights on the meaning of life and what the end of the world means for a man whose life has lost a lot of its shine.
The movie is mostly sad and pensive, though occasionally funny. You might even find yourself reaching for a tissue every now and then. Knightley does a great job in her role and Carrell is very impressive in a serious part.