Carrying on my Lovefilming, I finally got around to watching Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, starring Steve Carell and Keira Knightley as Dodge and his neighbour Penny, an unlikely pairing who team up when an asteroid is about to obliterate the earth. After escaping their apartment block during a riot, they head off on a road trip to find Dodge’s high school girlfriend. I’d wanted to see it when it came out in cinemas last year, but never got round to it, and promptly forgot about it until it popped up on my Lovefilm a couple of weeks ago.
I actually really enjoyed it – lots of reviews have said that the two lead roles were horribly miscast, but I don’t agree at all. The point is that they’re supposed to be mismatched. They’re both trying to find something that they need to feel fulfilled. It’s the end of the world, people. Age gaps don’t matter anymore, and there’s not enough time for ‘quirky’ personality traits to be annoying. Also, I kind of love Keira Knightley, even in films where she maybe is a bit miscast, so maybe there’s that too.
I loved the dark comedy of people trying to figure out how they should act when the world is ending in three weeks’ time. The TV news channel has a countdown timer instead of a clock, but the newscaster still reminds people not to forget to put their clocks forward. There were a couple of times when I really jumped, and the whole movie was just far better than I’d expected it to be, having read a few reviews.
(all images are from google)