Some 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.
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.