How could anyone come up with a better title? The name alone makes you want to know what the heck this movie is going to be like. And really, it’s hard to describe. It’s a comedy, certainly. It is also a deeply human story. The movie is funny, touching, and original. It follows Dodge (Steve Carell), an insurance salesman. At the start of the movie, we learn that humanity’s last hope of destroying the asteroid hurtling towards earth has failed, and in one month, everyone will die. What follows is the crazy deterioration of society as the film paints a startlingly realistic picture of a society facing the apocalypse.
Two weeks into the countdown we, and Dodge, meet Penny (Keira Knightley) his vivacious downstairs neighbor. The two set off to track down his high school sweetheart and, of course, craziness ensues.
While the first twenty minutes of chaos begin to drag on a bit, the following hour is a wonderful, rewarding adventure filled with colorful characters, off-beat humor, and adventure. This movie examines family, love, loss, and what it means to live while sending its characters on one hell of a road trip and never getting preachy or too morose.
Steve Carell and Keira Knightly (along with the rest of the cast) give wonderful performances and we are even treated to a few scenes with the always talented Martin Sheen. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a very different movie than many I’ve seen lately. It is a refreshing mix of indie and big budget and well worth the ticket price.
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World opens in theaters on June 22, 2012.