Film Review: Seeking a Friend at the End of the World




Film Review: Seeking a Friend at the End of the World
by Matthew Durham


Writer/Director Lorene Sacfaria, fresh of her success with Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist presents us with a flawed, but engaging drama. Seeking a Friend at the End of the World is the kind of movie that wants to call itself a dramedy, but fails to present any effective comedic elements.

If you go in to the movie with the expectations the trailer and ads provided you with, you might be disappointed. But if you come in to the theater with a blank slate of expectation, expect a gratifying romantic tragedy.

Steve Carell plays a man whose wife runs out on him during the announcement of armageddon. He is on his own with a few friends left, but those friends need to be with their loved ones. Soon he meets his neighbor, a younger woman played by Keira Knightley who longs to see her parents before the end of the world. During a riot Knightley agrees to help Carell as long as he can get her on a plane to see her parents.

The movie is predictable, but emotionally sound up till the inevitable tragic ending. Do you ever care about these characters? I did, not as much as I could have, but I did. More of the drama of the film comes from after the credits roll.

As far as comedy they do try and conduct a certain amount of chaos around our protagonists that’s worth the few jokes they achieve. The atmosphere is believable and people are openly doing heroine and having sex. While a lot of this can be funny, it’s also kind of sad. The depiction of the end of the world is very realistic.

All in all, Seeking a Friend at the End of the World works very well as a tragedy and is weak as a comedy. It is great as a movie. I had similar feelings toward Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist where the film was great, but mis-advertised and the jokes that are told, are not really funny.

The best part is Carell and Knightley who deliver. Especially Knightley in a scene where she talks to her parents over a satellite phone.


Final Score: 3.5/5




One thought on “Film Review: Seeking a Friend at the End of the World

  1. EmeryR says:

    Thanks for the review! I’m a fan of both Knightley and Carell, so I have been pretty interested in seeing this movie for quite some time now. I just haven’t had the time to do so lately with my busy work schedule for DISH. I do plan on seeing it soon though, because I did just add it to the top of my Blockbuster @Home queue. You aren’t the first person I’ve come across to say the movie is predictable either. I have an idea that’s due to a romance growing between Carell’s character and Knightleys? And probably the whole end of the world thing right? Also, thanks for clearing up the whole comedy/tragedy thing, because based on a lot of reviews I’ve come across on it they try to make you believe it’s hilarious. It’s good to know what to expect when going into a movie like this. 🙂

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