Sunday, July 1, 2012
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World - Movie Review
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (R) 101 minutes C+
The end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine.
Starring Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Adam Brody, Gillian Jacobs, Melanie Lynskey, Connie Britton, T.J. Miller, Rob Corddry and Derek Luke
Keira Knightley is a nice actress, but she just doesn't do it for me. By this I mean, I have never seen her in a film in which she resonates above the material (your recommendations are welcomed). She stars in one of my favorite films, 2003's Love Actually, but even there I tend to forget about her among all of the talented actors and actresses. However, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World does boost her up a notch on the likability scale. Here she is terminally cute and whimsical, the perfect remedy for a depressed Steve Carell, whose wife has recently left him.
This film was a little different than I expected, the first quarter of it felt a little hokey. But it got better, and the ending was strong. Carell is very high on my likability scale. This is not his best work, but he is good enough. Written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, this romantic dramedy is worth seeing. Though, I recommend renting it, or catching it at your local second-run (discount) movie theater.