Today's Box Office: A Different Superman vs. Dirty Jokes

    5:45 AM, Jun 14, 2013   |    comments
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    Man of Steel is not the Superman that I grew up with and it's not one we've seen before. This film is the story of a guy who's trying to find his place in the world. It gives a twist on Superman's origin and the planet Krypton that we haven't seen on film. Zachary Snyder (director) and David S. Goyer (writer) have created a unique Superman who reflects on his life and is searching for the way to live in ours. The story of Clark Kent becoming Superman feels as real as the destruction that is depicted when Kryptonians collide. Michael Shannon's Zod and Henry Cavill's Kal 'El are perfects fits for what is created in this film. The filmmakers have done a great job of realizing Superman's power and recreating what you'd expect from the effects of the use of those powers.

    My advice is to just sit back and watch the incredible Man of Steel.

    This is the End stars Seth Rogen (Knocked Up, The Green Hornet), Jay Baruchel (Tropic Thunder, How to Train your Dragon), Jonah Hill (21 Jump Street, Superbad), James Franco (Oz the Great and Powerful, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Danny McBride (30 Minutes or Less, Your Highness), and Craig Robinson (TV's The Office, Hot Tub Time Machine) as versions of themselves featuring a slew of cameo appearances by other comedians and celebrities. The premise is that Jay has come to visit his buddy Seth in Los Angeles for a weekend and they end up attending a party at James Franco's house. After various amounts of alcohol and drugs are consumed and certain recreational activities take place, the apocalypse begins killing off most of the party attendees but sparing our core group. Stuck in Franco's house, they must ration their food, beverages, and "other" supplies to ensure their survival and this is where the insanity begins.

    This is the End is a vulgar movie. Drug and sex jokes are thrown around more often than a tennis ball at a dog park. I can't even begin to describe them and hope to keep my job. The entire movie is hilarious in a "don't take the kids" kind of way. It's extremely vulgar with some very bad language but it's offensive in a way that only works because the actors deliver the jokes and gags with a timing that feels natural and doesn't make a point to say "we just told a dirty joke" and making sure the audience got that joke. It just flows. You can put that squarely on the writing and directing of Seth Rogen and Even Goldberg who have worked on several projects together and have no doubt developed a repoire with each other and the other core actors they've also worked with on several projects.

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