Written June 27, 2012
I would have walked out, but my overly optimistic friend believed it would get better. I can't imagine why anyone considered investing money in such an awful movie.
The story is poorly constructed in that there are wholly unnecessary scenes.
For some reason, characters contemplate crossing the Atlantic in a crop duster.
The Latino community has either has no access to media or prefers work to spending remaining time with family and friends.
Steve Carell drinks a bottle of Windex, and the only effect is that he falls asleep.
Save your money!!
Written June 23, 2012
This movie had a profound effect on me. I would recommend it highly. I thought I was going to just another mindless but harmless Steve Carell comedy. While it is very funny in many places it has a romantic overtone that shines through in the end. Good date-night movie. Made me think about what's really important. Especially since this world is NOT something we can spend just living for our own pleasure.
Written July 17, 2012
Despite the harsh reviews I've read in magazines, "Seeking A Friend for the End of the World" is very good. Steve Carell plays a rather pathetic guy who lives a meaningless life, even after he finds out the world is ending. Then he meets Keira Knightley's character, who is flawed and odd and very cute, and they end up searching together for the people they want to be with when the world ends. It may sound flat, but Knightly is funny and adorable throughout, and Carell is admirably human; he's the average guy who when he finally decides to get his life together does so with a nice air of humility. I'd reccommend this to anyone sixteen and up who enjoys a dark and heartfelt comedy. Be warned, this film is NOT for people who like to be surprised. However, in spite of its predictability, "Seeking A Friend" has that sweet aftertaste that makes predictability comforting instead of boring.
Written June 30, 2012
Thoughtful screenplay dealing with tough issues. Much was expected, some unexpected. The message was live your life as if the world is ending in three weeks, because it may be. But it didn't feel like a 'message movie.' It felt more like a relationship movie. Or better yet, 'relationships' movie.
I doubt this film will do well commercially. It deserves to, though, and I hope it will do well on DVD.
Go see it if you haven't.
Written June 22, 2012
I really wanted to like this movie, having enjoyed Carell and Knightley in many of their previous efforts. Alas, it wasn't to be. Apocalyptic imagery here is just that, imagined. And a few effects might have livened this up just a bit. Unlike fine character dramas which successfully blend drama, character study and apocalyptic plots, albeit sans effects, films like "On The Beach," this movie fails to deliver the one thing audiences expect for a ticket purchase....entertainment. Despite the fine talents of Carell and Knightley, the screenplay here is dull, bland and at times, tedious. The writers fail miserably in bringing life or substance to the characters through their dialog, leaving this fine cast little with which to work other than pointless babble. There's no audience empathy for their predicament either. While this isn't a terrible film, you might do better waiting for it on cable or internet stream.