Steve Carell Continues His Quest To Diversity

Seeking-a-Friend-for-the-End-of-the-World_posterSome actors fight like mad not to be pigeon-holed into a certain type of character and usually with minimal success. Steve Carell has succeeded at his efforts beyond anyone’s wildest imagination. Coming from The Daily Show to The Office many thought a sarcastic annoyed know it all would be his M.O. This has not been the case. While still filming The Office he raised many eyebrows with his role in the timeless and perfect Little Miss Sunshine as a gay suicide survivor.

Carell’s latest film, on DVD now, once again shows him stretch his acting and comedic legs. Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World is a rather dark comedy with enough light shined on it to appeal to many. With a hysterically morbid basis, many wouldn’t think it’s much of a base of a story but somehow it works.

Seeking A Friend is the story of a man named Dodge whose wife has recently left him due to the impending doom of the end of the world. When he meets a neighbor who hands him several months worth of misplaced mail, he discovers a letter from his high school sweetheart in which she calls him, the love of her life. He decides to set out on a trip to find her and spend the worlds final days with her. After a series of events lands him with his newly acquainted neighbor, Penny played by the ever lovely Keira Knightley, she is along for the ride. The two discover several unknown elements of themselves that align with each other perfectly. Love is undoubtedly on the horizon but the final play outs are unknown.

Carell and Knightley have an onscreen chemistry not seen since the unlikely combo of Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. The two form a friendship and love that can only be envied by those that have never felt it.AppleMark

The story is one that has many raising an eyebrow as to it’s substance, but it pulls you into a frightening real world that has you questioning choices you have made in your life, which may be the very purpose of the script. Lorene Scafaria has her second major effort in this film which makes her look like a force soon to be reckoned with if she can keep this level of writing.

A great cast never hurt a film, but the commitment of the cast and crew is what makes Seeking A Friend a phenomenal film that will most likely go unrecognized and under appreciated. It’s not the type of film that will be shown on cable on a saturday afternoon but film fans will never be able to forget.

Anyone who loves risk and off the ball story telling would be doing themselves a disservice to not see this film. It’s one that will restore anyone’s faith in love and lift you to a smarter level of film knowledge.

11 thoughts on “Steve Carell Continues His Quest To Diversity”

  1. I saw this in theatres and really enjoyed what felt like two movies in terms of tone (dark comedy for the first half, poignant love story for the rest) that seamlessly tied together. When Carell isn’t playing a dope, he’s entertaining.

  2. Hey, thanks for the tip! This one flew under radar, didn’t it? I forgot about that stellar bit performance in LMS. This pairing resonates with Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet in “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Minds” — is this dark comedy as good, in your opinion?

  3. Great review and yes I agree, Steve Carroll is a very talented actor. I am keen to see the film based on your review. Unfortunately not a big Keira Knightley fan. What an overrated actress she is! Still i might see the movie just for Steve Carroll

  4. Your Review paints a completely different picture than how the promos made this movie seem like to me. But I guess that could be another case of marketing killing the perception of a film.

    I like Carrell. So will definitely check this out now. Thanks!

  5. It’s good to read someone else who also liked this film, it seems most people really weren’t very keen. I thought that it lost its way towards the end, but still I enjoyed it.

  6. This sounds morbid, but I loved the fact that everyone dies in the end. It wasn’t a predictable or typical conclusion for an end of the world movie. It ended as the title suggests, the world ends.

  7. I did not like this movie, it was entertaining but that is about it. I would not recommend this movie to anyone though as there are better things to watch.

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