June 27, 2012
Do you know what you would do if you had 21 days left before the end of the world? Within the first 10 minutes of Seeking a Friend for the End of the World I began to think about what I would do with my last 3 weeks. Dodge, played by Steve Carell quickly realizes that his life isn’t at all as he had thought it was. With the world coming to an end Dodge is alone, and his friends offer him little to no support. They are too busy doing things like throwing parties and letting their inhibitions run wild. So Dodge decides to open a shoe box of his memories, he seems content with reflection rather than trying to fulfill any last hopes or dreams. Enter Penny, a young and very charismatic girl played by Keira Knightley. The two of them decide to pair up and travel to their separate destinations together. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is portrayed mostly as a comedy in the advertisements, but this movie has a lot of heart, and I was pleasantly surprised by the charm, and the character focused story.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a refreshing take on an extinction movie. Most movies would focus on the Earth saving mission to divert or destroy the asteroid, but Seeking a Friend takes a far more intimate approach. Despite a very slow first act this movie succeeds in showing us outstanding character growth for both the main characters. Keira and Steve are terrific in their performances, and you genuinely care about them reaching their destinations.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World isn’t a perfect movie, it does have some flaws in the story that are never dealt with, and some characters like Penny’s ex-boyfriends are just a distraction because they come off a little flat, or in the case of the ex-military boyfriend, a little creepy. Despite that, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a thoroughly enjoyable movie. If the world was to end in 21 days I can only hope I would be able to find the same kind of peace and acceptance that Penny and Dutch strive for in their adventure together. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is definitely worth your time.
Rating: 3 out of 4
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