Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Review : Seeking a Friend

Seeking a friend for the end of the world : As an asteroid is about to crash into Earth and kill everyone and everything, a man finds himself alone after his wife leaves in a panic. He decides to take a road trip to reunite with his high school sweetheart. Accompanying him is a neighbor who inadvertently puts a wrench in his plan.

This low-key romantic dramedy set during the last few weeks on Earth before an asteroid hits. Starring Steve Carrell and Keira Knightley as characters try to figure out how to cope and identify what matters most to them, the things we hold dear and there's a fair bit of uninhibited behavior, from excessive drinking to drug use to casual sex and desperate hook-ups. That said, the film's primary main focus is much less on that reaction to the end of the world and much more on finding clarity and peace.
To be honest I completely forgot about the whole 'world ending' thing until the very end of the film, where I was reminded about what the film was set around. I mean the film does have 'end of the world' in it's title. It would be pretty stupid not to include that having mentioned it in the title.
So what's the story? A few weeks before the end of the world, Dodge (Steve Carell) finds himself alone; his wife has abruptly left him. Drifting through his final days, Dodge runs into a neighbor, Penny (Keira Knightley), whom he has never spoken to before. A lost letter ties their fate together, and they hit the road, Dodge intent on finding his first love and Penny hoping to locate a private plane to get back to her parents in England. 
While on the road, they encounter all kinds of different people, each choosing to spend the world's final days in his or her own way. Also along the way, Dodge and Penny begin to discover that what's most important may actually be right in front of them.
Is it any good? Well; I find the film to be quite mediocre. It's got a top cast, and is very funny, but the humour is only mild to an extent of actually understanding the crude humour in it, the drama is melodramatic and in some cases sensitive which adds to it's overall contributing factors. I think Steve Carrell and Kiera Knightly make an enduring couple to be around and overall, the film though sometimes may bring an occasional chuckle to me, the story and the presentation in the way that it is filmed is quite mediocre. 
It's a 7/10!
NEXT : The Inbetweeners 2!

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