Seeking a Friend For the End of the World -
I really liked the concept. And the movie was moving along pretty well with it for a while, despite some obvious early signs of where it was going. And then, of course, it falls into cliche rom-com territory. *sighs*
Here we have the odd pairing of Steve Carell and Kiera Knightley. They just look so weird together on screen. Even with them kind of making her look schlumpy(yes, it's a word), she still outshines him. Still, the pairing works ok for the story being told.
We have the world coming to an end, with no hope in sight. Poor Dodge(Carell) has lost his wife, and ends up depressingly alone for the end of the world. Carell plays alone and destitute pretty well. Too well, actually, as he never really does anything to make the audience(me) care about him. He pretty much stays the same all the way to the end. Because of this, it feels overly forced when the inevitable happens, and he and Penny fall for each other. We just don't see why she would, outside of him simply being there for her after splitting with her boyfriend. He's totally a rebound guy and he, sadly, doesn't see it.
I DO give the movie kudos for carrying through with the concept. Some of the imagery shown, and conversations had, are startlingly honest about what would indeed happen if the world was going to end in a couple days.
Unfortunately, in the end, it falls completely back on cliches and sap, taking away most of the good will it had built up previously. It's not a bad movie. It's just a bummer that the filmmakers didn't have it in themselves to try something new.