This Is The End: A Movie Review
A little over a month ago I attended a screening for the movie This Is The End, which is slated to be in theaters soon. Before going in I had never seen a trailer; I just knew that a bunch of familiar faces were in it. I knew that it was a movie about the end of the world and that it was supposed to be a comedy. Now that I’ve seen it, let me tell you why it’s one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen…
I’ll just start by saying that I hated this movie with every bit of hatred that I can muster. And I can muster a lot of hatred… a lot. The movie just wasn’t funny. There are certain movies that seem to transcend all others for a time when it comes to humor. Movies like Superbad and The Hangover (the first one) come to mind. This was the type of movie that tries hard to be that, but it fails because that has already been done… and it’s been done way better. There were a few times that I chuckled, but those times were few and far between. I wanted to laugh; I really did. But sadly, there was little laughter to be laughed… or had… or whatever.
But I’ve seen tons of horrible comedies that I didn’t hate, so what was different about this one. I’ll tell you. Near the beginning of the movie, there is a scene where just before stuff starts going crazy you see all the “good” people be lifted into the heavens in a blue beam of light as chaos ensues around them. It was at this point that I realized I really wasn’t going to like this movie.
This was meant to be a depiction of the rapture, the event John discusses in the Book of Revelation where the Body of Christ will ascend into Heaven. My issue was not its depiction, but the method by which it was depicted. It was meant to be a joke, and it worked for some. When it happened, the audience erupted in laughter. There was also a point in the movie where Jay Baruchel found a Bible to explain to his friends what was happening. As soon as the Bible was visible on screen, there was laughter. The sacrilege only began there, but I’ll stop in case you want to
waste your time and money to go see this piece of crap movie.
Here’s the thing: I can take a joke. I usually have a pretty good sense of humor about things. This was different for me. Personally, it was the Book of Revelation that scared me straight, in a sense. As a kid I was terrified by the idea of the world ending. The symbology throughout the book intrigued me, and I would spend long stretches of time trying to understand what it meant. In church, I would sit and read Revelation rather than listening to my pastor speak. For the most part, I stayed within the rules because I was afraid of the consequences of breaking them. I kept myself from doing a lot of things as an adolescent, because I didn’t want to be separated from God for eternity. It’s a big deal. It’s a big, serious deal.
To me, this movie made too light of a situation that is anything but light. It bothered me deeply that this movie told the story in a way to try to make it funny, all while trying to make it (and anyone that believes it) seem as ridiculous as possible. Look, I get that not everyone believes as I believe. I get that not everyone respects what I respect. But to see something that I hold to be truth twisted and mocked in such a way, hurt. Unbelief hurts me. To picture someone who has spent their entire life mocking God finally standing before Him realizing how wrong they’ve been hurts. This movie made me leave feeling sad and feeling hurt for people that just don’t get it. Not necessarily offended, just hurt and sad.
Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I have a lower tolerance for these things than I realize. I don’t know. I just know that I walked away from this movie wishing I could unsee it.
Until next time…