Tuesday, March 15, 2016

year 5 day 104

movie: Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
starring: Keira Knightley, Steve Carell
genre: Drama, Comedy
year: 2012
format: Netflix Canada

plot: After learning that a meteorite is going to hit the planet and end life as we know it, two neighbours go on a cross country trek to find his ex girlfriend.

The movie starts off with what you would expect everyone to be doing with the knowledge that there is only 3 weeks expected for everyone to live, with everyone partying. In the middle of this, the lead character who's wife just left him, is looking for something more important. He bumps into one of his neighbours who wants to go back to London.  As he decides to kill himself, and fails, someone drops their dog off with him. The two find themselves reconnecting with parts of their pasts while the rest of the world crumbles around them.

I was expecting a lighter ending. This becomes the big romance that you would expect with them confessing their undying love as the credits roll, having both given up on the idea of their former relationships. Up to the last two minutes, it plays like there could be a happy ending, with the suggestion that one of the former boyfriends of the Knightley character has a bomb shelter, with Carell's character reconnecting with his dad, and their soul searching declaration of love.

I sort of felt this film was filled with pointless turns of events. How can you resolve the past when there is no future to be resolving it for?  Other then a brief comment by one of the ex-boyfriends, there was nothing expressing the "what if they're wrong" point of view. 

what did I learn? I get this was more about isolation and loneliness, but it didn't come across in the right way.

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