Say that ten times fast.  No really, it’s flipping impossible.  Steve Carell’s film, where he stars alongside Keira Knightley, portrays the earth in its last month of existence, before it gets obliterated by a rogue asteroid.

Fun times.  And the worst thing is, if you’ve read anything on science, earth being destroyed by an asteroid is scarily possible.  Damnit.

In Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World, Carell plays Dodge, a middle aged man whose wife has left him, leaving him with one month left to decide what the heck he wants to do with his life.  One night, he comes across his eccentric English neighbour, Penny (Knightley) who desperately wants to go home.  When Penny finally returns all of Dodge’s misdirected mail, Dodge comes across a months-old letter from an ex-girlfriend, who declares her love for him.

What follows is a road-trip across the country, where Dodge searches for his lost love, and a plane to fly Penny home.  Unsurprisingly, Penny and Dodge forge a connection, despite the fact they’re all doomed.

The idea for this film was fantastic I thought, particularly since its 2012 and we’re all going to die at the end of the year.  Which is completely ridiculous, but on the offhand it’s true, it would really, really suck…considering I’ve spent the past 16 years of my life studying.  Moving on.

And what director Lorene Scafaria (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist) did well is make this film a comedy, so that we didn’t get too depressed by the idea of being crushed by a massive hunk of rock flying through space.  Because that type of thing could really ruin your mood.

And while Carell played Dodge to a tee; the awkward middle-aged man who seems to regret his life, and Knightley does a bonkers British woman perfectly, I felt that there was a lot missing with this film.

Firstly, I felt that they could have done a lot more with the storyline.  Can you imagine what you would do when you only had a month to live?  Would you spend it with the people you love most?  Would you make an effort to get to know someone new?  I did a brief poll amongst friends and the most common answers were; eat everything in sight, drink everything in sight, get laid, do crazy reckless things and do all the drugs you were too afraid of doing (Cocaine anyone?).  Yet I felt that this was underdeveloped.

Secondly, I don’t like Keira Knightley.  She’s annoyingly British (as an Australian I feel like this means I’m not being racist in this circumstance…), and her acting can be over the top.  Plus she pouts all the time.  Bah.

However, the best thing I loved about this film was that it was a little bit of a love story, but not in a cliche everyone-ends-up-happy kind of way.  Carell’s character, Dodge, had no energy or urge to get to know someone, as what would be the point?  He’s only around for another month.  Yet he did.  He developed feelings for Penny, and more importantly, he got to know her as a person.  I thought this was a lovely message that this film sent.  That even when the end of the world is near, human relationships, and how we feel, cannot be determined.

Have you seen Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World?  It hasn’t been released here officially yet (I saw it at the Melbourne Film Festival) but it might have been released overseas.  What would you do if the world was ending?  And does Keira Knightley annoy you as much as she annoys me?  Let me know!

Advertisements