Seeking a Friend for The End Of The World: The end is nigh, so don't get stuck with Kiera
09:59 GMT, 13 July 2012
Seeking a Friend for The End Of The World (15)
Verdict: A near-death experience
What's the most unlikely romantic
pairing you can think of in a film Kevin Spacey and Angelina Jolie
John Travolta and Megan Fox Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
my money, Steve Carell and Keira Knightley take a lot of beating, but
that’s the bafflingly misconceived combo we’re invited to root for in
this apocalyptic romcom by writer-director Lorene Scafaria — a
lightweight, sentimental version of Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia.
As in the original, a gigantic asteroid is about to put an end to life as we know it. The underclass takes to looting. The middle class experiments with uninhibited sex, alcohol and heroin.
Keira Knightley ' gives her most deradful performance yet' as Penny in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
And then there’s insurance clerk Dodge (Carell) whose wife (played by his real wife, Linda Carell) runs away, probably out of fear she’ll be bored to death by him long before the apocalypse.
Luckily, dull dog Dodge has a lively neighbour, Penny (Knightley), one of those zany free spirits who’s meant to be entrancing but is simply annoying.
Remember Melanie Griffith seducing Jeff Daniels in Something Wild Katharine Hepburn entrancing Cary Grant in Bringing Up Baby This is meant to be the same process but one crucial element is missing: there’s no chemistry.
Knightley gives her most dreadful performance yet — mannered and irritating while striving to be adorable, like a manic pixie — and Carell just stares at her as though he can’t believe his bad luck.
The age gap doesn’t help — he looks old enough to be her father. The only thing they have in common is being equally boring.
My sympathies were with Keira’s loser boyfriend (Adam Brody), who uses her as a human shield when looters start shooting at them.
Her ambition is to get back to her family in Surrey. Dodge’s is to hook up with his high-school sweetheart and play badly on the harmonica his long-lost father (Martin Sheen) gave him. It’s hard to care whether or not they succeed.
In fact, it’s hard to feel anything for them. This film lacks the charm and comic invention of Ms Scafaria’s previous creation, Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist.
It’s mopey and sad, qualities which make for a funereal romcom.
For me, the end of the world couldn’t come fast enough.