Seeking a Friend for the End of the World stars Steve Carell and Keira Knightley and had an ok trailer. Ok enough, that when paired with the lovely Keira, it seemed like a good way to spend an evening, plus I’d get bonus points with the wife for bringing home a rom-com.
Set in a close future, the film takes a light look at what people will do when humanity’s last days are at hand, focussing on the respective journeys of Dodge (Mr. Carell) and Penny (Ms. Knightley) whose paths converge, and an unlikely romance begins to bloom.
One of the many problems with Seeking a Friend is it just doesn’t know what it wants to be, on the one hand we see a work mate of Dodge’s jump to his death after he realises life has no meaning anymore, and we witness as riots start to break out, giving a glimpse to the serious side of the end of days, but then you realise that if society has begun to break down, why is everything else so normal, with power-plants still fully staffed and running, and no mad rush on food supplies.
Then there’s the comedy aspect, which misses and much as it fires, with some exception scenes that sparsely populate a comedic barren wasteland. You would be stretching genre definitions to call this baby a comedy. Read the rest of this entry »