With just three weeks left until the end of the world, Dodge (Steve Carell) finds him self-alone, his wife upped and ran the minute the NASA mission to save the planet from an impending asteroid failed. His friends try to fix him up in a new relationship, but with the world coming to an end, he has no interest in relationships. Then he encounters Penny (Keira Knightley) who is on the verge of a nervous breakdown, having missed the final flight back to the UK to be with her family at the end. The two spark up an unlikely relationship, and head off on a road trip they will remember for the rest of their lives, however long exactly that is.
Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World, is a bit of an oddity, it’s starts out in the typical Carell dry slapstick humour, then moves on to something far darker. You could argue the toss that a movie about the end of the world needs to be a little dark, but there is something unexpectedly dark in places about this movie. The mix just does not gel as you might well hope, but this does not make it a bad movie.
The movie does cover all the usual questions, what do you do, how do you prepare, do you carry on going to work, and more importantly do you stay with the pig you have been living with for XXX years? While some just carries on, other’s kick off rioting, and some have wild out of control parties and orgies.
Carell’s character of Dodge, just kind of mopes around throughout the movie, it’s very reminiscent of his character in Dan In Real Life. While part of this is explained, there is little explanation as to his less than enthusiastic manner, other than a little thing like the world’s end. Knightley’s character on the other hand is far more quirky, and light, and a weird kind of narcolepsy. There is a nice cameo from William Peterson, who plays a character who seems to have a hidden agenda.
There is a wonderfully classic score to the movie, formed of old records in Dodge’s collection, the selection of music is really a nice touch to the movie, designed to compliment the incoming doom.
On the whole the movie is skillfully handled, the variable scale of at times almost slapstick humour, to morbidity does put this movie in a strange place, and it becomes one of those movies that you would really only watch when you did not quite know what to watch, it’s too somber to be all-round funny, and too daft in places to take seriously.