It's rare these days to see a movie that is so refreshingly different from all the movies that have come before it. Too often movies are made to fit into certain prefabricated marketing slots. Even the artistic movies are made to conform to the current preferred award format. So when a movie comes out that ignores all of those rules, it's certainly worth seeing.
This is the End is more outrageous than it is laugh out loud hilarious, but it's just outrageous enough to keep you giggling throughout. What's so remarkable about it is that these guys obviously set out to make a movie for themselves. It didn't feel like a movie that had been focus grouped, or audience tested. They didn't necessarily want to make a movie that they thought people would find funny, they wanted to make a movie they thought was funny, and if other people liked it, then great. For that reason, it turned out to be one of the most original films in years...and by the way, it's very funny.
There are too many great moments to go into, but the homemade Pineapple Express 2 and video confessionals are definitely highlights of hilarity. Seth Rogen, James Franco and Jonah Hill play perfect exaggerated versions of themselves, and Michael Cera is brilliant in his guest spot. If you're like me, tired of comic book movies and formula horror plots, this is definitely one to see.