Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World stars Steve Carell and Keira Knightley as neighbours who face the world’s last days together.

When the last attempt fails to stop an asteroid headed for Earth, Dodge (Steve Carell) and Penny (Keira Knightley) are thrown together as the world reacts. After his wife runs away with a new man, Dodge decides it’s time to find his first love, while Penny tries to return home to England after all flights have been cancelled. Narrowly escaping a rampaging mob of rioters, the pair decide to help each other in their respective end of world missions.

Seeking A Friend is billed as a comedy drama but laughs are few and far between and the funniest moments have already been used up in the trailer. This doesn’t make it a bad film though and it works as a lighthearted drama. The script is nicely paced and has plenty of twists and turns to keep its audience interested. Sensitive souls will also find there are a few teary moments as the characters face the end of days.

Carell plays his character with an awkwardness that works and his reaction to the news of the impending asteroid, made by just tiny movements in his eyes, is magic. Penny is an impulsive, slightly neurotic, vinyl loving romantic. But Knightley’s instantly annoying character grows on you as the film progresses and what at first seems like the most unlikely couple actually begin to seem quite well suited.

There are some nice touches in Seeking A Friend and writer-director Lorene Scarfaria (a relative newcomer to the big screen with exception of Nick

And Nora’s Infinite Playlist) has thought hard about the kind of issues that might raise their heads in an end of world scenario. This interpretation sees the middle classes experiment with heroin while an end of world fanatic feels vindicated and the frightened commit suicide. There are plenty of signs and messages in the background for eagle-eyed viewers to pick up on and there’s even reference to an End Of The World Concert.

Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World isn’t the laugh-out-loud comedy it’s trailer might have you believe but it has a strong story that’s entertaining. The characters are likely to grow on you, loading the film’s end with even more importance and emotion. In a film that’s set during the end of the world, the end is already pretty vital but Scarfaria tackles this head on and gives her audience something that’s worth the wait.

VERDICT: ✪ ✪ ✪

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