Witty punchlines was Seth Rogen's bread and butter for his comedic career. So why not write the script of a movie filled with a legendary comedic cast? Sounds like a win-win situation. But "This is the End" is a prime example of Seth Rogen's lack of writing experience. Though "This is the End" is brash, crude, and plain raunchy, from beginning to end, it was not funny -- it's as simple as that.
I'm all up for comedies driven by strong writing, and for the most part, "This is the End" flows like a dialogue-driven film. But as minutes go by, you soon realize that the writing is underwhelming, and by the end of the film, you realize that you didn't laugh too much. Acting's surprisingly great for the most part, and the charisma put into this project is nothing short of commendable. In the end, it all comes crashing down when its missing the meat of what "This is the End" should have: comedy.
As a big fan of Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, and Craig Robinson, I'm sad to say that I was sorely disappointed with "This is the End". Hey, maybe you'll have your insides bursting with laughter with this one, for I was one of the few that disliked "Ted", but "This is the End" didn't cut the deal for me.