Friday, December 7, 2012

REWIND REVIEW: Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World

Seeking A Friend
For The End Of The World

Steve Carell, Keira Knightley


June 22, 2012

Lorene Scafaria

Focus Features

1 hour 41 minutes



Of all of the movies of 2012, this is the first movie after 'The Perks of Being a Wallflower' that moved me in such a way that it brought me to tears. 'Seeking a Friend for the End of the World' is a story of the end of the world occurring. Two neighbors, one whose wife left him and the other was dumped by her boyfriend, become allies in two journeys to succeed in seeing families and resolving relationships with old flames before a 70 mile wide asteroid hits the Earth and ends life as we know it. Unlike most apocalyptic movies, this film takes the subject material and sets it as a backdrop to a story of two broken souls finding one another. This is probably as realistic as any movie about the end of the world can get, but that isn't why I love this movie.

All of the actors, particularly Steve Carell and Keira Knightley, deliver great work in this movie, and show how good their dramatic acting can be. The story and script, written and directed by Lorene Scafaria, are really good, with enough heart and laughs to satisfy anyone. Since everyone knows how the movie is going to end, (see the title for the ending) it gets even more emotional as we the audience start bonding with Carell's Dodge and Knightley's Penny. This is a film that I really look forward to watching again in the future. It's a shame that I missed this in theaters, but as Carell says in the film's final scene, "This is how it had to happen." 'Seeking a Friend for the End of the World' is this year's most underrated film, and overall one of 2012's finest. Seek this movie out when you get the chance; you might not regret doing so.

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