Film Review: Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World
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4/5An apocalyptic rom-com might not be the top of your cinema must-see list this summer, but on the strength of Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World it probably should be! Not your average Hollywood cinematic fare this eschews the clichés of both the end-of-the-world action romp and the rom-com genres it is seemingly a part of. Like Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia, only sweet and charming; SAFFTEOW starts with Steve Carrell, as Dodge, sat listening to a radio announcement that reveals human-kinds last hope to prevent extinction from a falling comet has failed. His wife legs it never to be seen again. Her departure is far more crushing than the coming of ‘the end’. This sets the human tone of the piece perfectly. This is the first of many genuinely funny and heart-warming moments as the rest of the film examines how everyday people would deal with their impending doom. It is this relationship aspect that is pushed to the fore with Armageddon reduced to side point, focussing on the developing relationship between Dodge and Keira Knightley’s quirky, free-spirit Penny. SAFFTEOW threatens to be drowned in its own overblown sentimentality but through a subtle script and brilliantly understated, and believable, performances this use of sentiment is not only welcomed but draws you in until you genuinely care about the characters and their coming demise. Steve Carrell does what he does best, playing his wounded, everyman schtick to perfection with superb comic timing. As always his best, and funniest, moments come when he is saying nothing at all!
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