He gets acquainted with a downstairs neighbor, Penny played by Keira Knightley whom he haven't talked with for the past 3 years of living in the same apartment building. Rating: 4 stars With relatively good expectations I went to see this film, only to truly experience the most nauseating awful movie I have seen in a decade. Watching an American picture about the end of the world and finding that there is no concentration on things blowing up and exploding came as a welcome relief if not a surprise. People kill themselves and each other. Why when he returned to his apartment after the riot was it not trashed? Her attempts at humor fail more often than they work - this isn't an especially funny movie - but there aren't many of them. Keira Knightley and Steve Carell are both fantastic, and there are some excellent bit roles played by Patton Oswalt, Rob Corddry, and Martin Sheen.
It's an unusual film in that the premise is so incredibly depressing and upsetting but the result is down to earth, clever and heartwarming. Also along the way, Dodge and Penny begin to discover that what's most important may actually be right in front of them. If I had seen Seeking a Friend for the End of the World before I heard Bo and Lauren talk about , I would have made a comment about this film in that Lost Girl post. They're both the sort of actors who you feel comfortable rooting for. Existing somewhere between Don McKellar's affecting 1998 dramedy Last Night and Steve De Jarnatt's more serious-minded. At the same time, for all their prowess, some scenes feel strangely out of place as far as tone. The lead character, Dodge played by Steve Carell , and his wife, Linda, sit stunned in their car for a moment.
Steve Carell was born to play a man having a midlife crisis, and he is brilliant at playing emotions bubbling under an otherwise passive surface. It's a mess of moods fitting of the apocalypse, even if we prefer our films to be more uniform in their genres. Although the movie presents a pretty bleak situation, the end of the world forces characters to find a certain purity and clarity in their lives. Maybe that's part of why it's tough to completely get on board with what's going on with the characters emotionally, though there's little doubt they elevate the material. As they pass through anarchaic chain restaurants gone to hell, deal with police officers with nothing better to do, and break into abandoned homes to cook themselves meals, the audience feels like they are taking a journey with people they would love to be around. I loved it, so give it a ten.
I really enjoyed this movie. It's a film that will surprise and impress with every twist and encounter right up to its final conclusion which may or may not have you weeping like a baby. Scafaria embraces the multitude of reactions including riots, suicides, finding God, or simply trying to maintain some sense of normalcy in the face of the coming apocalypse. Besides Carell and Knightley, other fairly well-known actors show up so briefly, their appearances could practically be considered cameos. Speck proves to be helpful by lending Penny and Dodge one of his fuel efficient cars, enabling them to complete their journey and find Dodge's old flame. A somewhat stunned Dodge Steve Carell carries on for a few days before recognizing that his last weeks should be spent differently than showing up for work at an insurance company.
After all, would you be this calm if the world was going to end? They did that a lot with many subjects that you would expect to come up in an end of days film. His friends among them a couple hilarious small roles from Rob Cordry and Patton Oswalt try to keep up appearances, but boundaries of taste and fidelity have virtually faded. What do you think you might do in that situation? This film is profoundly affecting. Seeking a Friend is being marketed as a comedy, which is a mistake. What i love more than anything i think is how completely realistic the film feels in its depiction of humanity reacting to their imminent demise.
From the opening moments until the final frames she crafts a film where anything can happen at any time. These scenes are good enough in themselves, but aren't really adequate to bring a sense of closure. Still, it's a very melancholy trip. Two characters have sex fairly early in the movie. She lost her chance to go back following the complete termination of all commercial flights.
The marriage of Dodge and Linda Peterson must not be a very gratifying one. Seeking a Friend wants to say something about the human need to connect, and it does so in a convincing and satisfying way. Rating: A gently quirky apocalyptic comedy centering on two lonely souls in need of companionship, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is an irresistibly sweet, yet perhaps slightly too downbeat attempt to shake up the familiar rom-com formula. They go on a road trip together to that end, and fall in love with each other just in time for the end of the world. And it works at different levels as well. He says everyone on earth will die when the asteroid impacts in three weeks. Writer-director Lorene Scafaria mines her situations for meaning that could fill ten lesser movies.
Others will disagree, but you at least have reasons why those in the 'love' camp find the picture so endearing. As a viewer, I felt like in the first 15 minutes I was at a standstill. They actually play pretty well off each other and I can totally buy him falling head over heels in love with her in spite of his many misgivings that pop up as the film goes along. Its not a perfect film, but whatever flaws you can throw at it---the storyline's not the most well thought out, things seem to happen and then not happen as if on cue--how does Carrell manage to end up back at his apt and finding it in one piece after badly needing to leave it lest he be destroyed along with it??? There reaches a very specific point, however, at which Seeking a Friend for the End of the World finally morphs into the affecting drama promised by the setup, and the movie subsequently becomes more and more engrossing in the build-up to its emotionally-wrenching finale - with the irresistibly romantic bent of Dodge and Penny's relationship ensuring that the film, in the end, makes a far more pronounced impact on the viewer than one might have reasonably expected. We hear a mixture of regret, anger, and confusion, but we also hear consolation, understanding, resignation, and yes, even joy.