Me and My Nine Iron

June 27, 2012

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World review

Filed under: Movie reviews — BJ @ 2:52 pm

Seen at a pre-release screening in Orange:

Lorene Scafaria‘s directorial debut and follow-up to Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist was another road trip of opposite-sex strangers, but it might’ve all been foiled with the characters this time. Steve Carell–who is one of my favorite actors–was one of the most passive, detached protagonists I’ve ever seen. And I know he’s depressed and all because the world is coming to an end, but it makes it very hard to care about his character because he’s already dead inside.

On the other hand, Keira Knightley is a chatty Brit who’s kind of annoying. And with their 15-year age difference, it’s set from the start that the two have more of a father-daughter relationship than anything else. It was as unlikely a pair as it sounds.

As for the story, there were a lot of talking scenes that made this apocalyptic movie seem more like a romantic comedy, and I still don’t believe that that many people would still be working when it’s announced that the world is coming to an end. The rioting? Amplify that tenfold, then get back to me.

A good concept turned into a very mellow movie and doesn’t do a whole lot of thinking in terms of the amazing proposition offered.

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World opened in theaters Friday.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5

IMDb rating: 7.2
What it should be: 6.7




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