Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World

2012

Directed by Lorene Scafaria – Written by Lorene Scafaria

Starring: Steve Carell and Keira Knightley

Seeking A Friend is written and directed by Lorene Scafaria and follows Dodge (Steve Carell) as his wife leaves him on discovery that the world is going to end. Scared that he will be alone, Dodge teams up with next door neighbour, Penny (Keira Knightley) to find a long lost love before the world ends.

To start off with, I think the set up for this film is really interesting, the end of the world. I can think of many titles that have used this in the past, but for some reason it just feels like a great idea, I can’t seem to explain it. What the end of the world does is it gives the writer the ability to show almost all possible outcomes of the human mind, and in the film this is where the majority of the funny moments come from. People’s reactions range from violence, survival, suicide, love, sex and even just not caring anymore. It is a delight to see the interactions between Dodge, Penny and fellow end of the worlders. Unfortunately I can’t think of any other time that is funny in the film apart from these moments, which is a big shame as the idea does bring to mind hilarious situations and lines.

Carell is a really great performer in this film, giving something a bit darker than usual, but also something very reminiscent of Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011). A man whose wife has left him and he is struggling to cope. I love how cruel he becomes to others around him, but also how he opens up so beautifully to Penny, the prison scene is my personal favourite. Knightley is very good as well, at first seeming like the ‘Crazy One’ of the film, but then developing into a character that has quite a lot to offer emotionally.

All in all the film is a good idea that was not executed as well as I’d hoped. There are funny moments but they seem quite clunky in their placement in comparison to the more emotionally serious scenes. Both Carell and Knightley are wonderful and so is the rest of the supporting cast, which boasts some great names, including MARTIN SHEEN!!!! LEGEND. Watch this film if you are a fan of Carell’s more serious performances or if you just want to see what happens if the word ends.

6/10

– James McLintock

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One Response to “Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World”
  1. lauracreativemedia says:

    Brilliant film deserves way more than a 6/10

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