Two totally different movies, both just happening to revolve around some apocalyptic scenario.
“This is the End” was very disappointing. I mean, I knew it was going to be dumb — that was the premise. But it was idiotic, and not particularly funny, unless you find the consumption of copious amounts of drugs to be inherently funny.
I mean, there are stoner flicks, where people get high and
do dumb things have wacky adventures, and there are movies where drugs are part of the main plot, and there are movies where there is incidental drug use that’s about setting and character development, and of course, some overlap among those three categories. But the first, I dunno, twenty minutes or so of this film is basically and ode to recreational drugs, first and foremost weed, to little apparent cinematic end. Ok, coked-out Michael Cera was mildly amusing.
Seth Rogen smokes weed? You don’t say…
Anyway, the movie has its moments, but most of those were in the trailer. I give it a 3 on a 10-scale.
“World War Z” was about a 6.5 on a 10-scale. Disclaimer: I have had no exposure to the source material. As a basic horror film it was a little light on the gore. There is very little character development of anybody other than Brad Pitt, and not much there either.
The IDF chick is sorta cute despite the GI-Jane haircut. She sticks with Pitt longer than anybody else during his adventures, but we never really learn anything about her either.
Zombie films need to be either about (1) the interaction of the survivors, (2) the development of some sort of Christ-figure capable of saving everybody, or (3) pure gore and terror. WW-Z was light on all three.
To the extent that WW-Z was at all terrifying, it was through the use of not just fast-zombies, but crystal-meth fast zombies in the opening scene. I mean, it was practically a river of zekes flowing through the streets of Philadelphia. When you start questioning the plausibility of the zombie apocalypse scenario in a zombie film, that’s not exactly starting out on the right foot.
The end was anticlimactic. I suppose in this sense they were probably bound by the source material, but I really couldn’t know that for sure. If you like zombie movies, go see it, but if you’re on the fence about this one, just go ahead and skip it.
Anybody see Man of Steel?