It’s the end of the world as we know it, the perfect time for a spot of last-minute romance before we kick the bucket. If the Mayans are right, maybe it would be wise to take some pointers from this movie. After all, no one wants to be alone at the end of the world. Except Larry, the miserable bastard.
Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World has an interesting concept, take a rom-com and stick a dramatic touch of impending apocalypse into proceedings. The world is set to end in twenty-one days thanks to Matilda, the bitch (an asteroid), and we follow A chap called Dodge (Steve Carell) who deals with his the end of the world by being miserable. Until he meets a typical quirky indie flick girl called Penny (Keira Knightley) who likes records and acts like a weird ditz, like they do in these type of films. She even has a bunch of indie bubble writing in her flat, so kooky. Once they escape a riot, the two set off on a road trip, Dodge to find a high school sweetheart and Penny to find her family. And they bring a dog called Sorry with them too. He’s pretty cute if slightly (very) pointless to what happens till Matilda smacks Earth in the face with her knobbly rocky head.
They have a juicy topic of the end of the world to go with the usual romance, but aside from a few funny jokes popping up here and there, the end has little impact. Skies are blue, everyone is having a good time and some are still doing their jobs. It largely strays from the darkness you’d usually expect in a film about everyone dying painfully and instead goes for a hokey atmosphere, which can give off a rather unique feel to the usual elements this story type brings , but most of the events could be done without the end approaching. Though seeing everyone act so casually under the sun is quite amusing, rather surreal. Got to mow that lawn!
It works for the most part though, but it relies on cheesy montages of everyone having a good time to try to bring forth any emotion and instead it just makes you want that asteroid to get there a little quicker. Dodge and Penny becoming an item is hard to buy and the cries of love after a couple of weeks together doesn’t help. Thankfully Matilda appears by this point. If she was quicker maybe we’d have got a dark comedy about how people cope with inevitability rather than a dark comedy which quickly turns into soppy love through montage.