Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a 2012 comedy drama film directed and written by Lorene Scafaria as her directorial debut. It tells the story of Dodge, a recently divorced man, looking for a meaningful way to spend his last 21 days on Earth before an asteroid wipes out all of humanity. It stars Steve Carell and Keira Knightley. Somewhere in the related videos section of films like The Way Way Back (2013) and Dan In Real Life (2007), I found this little independant one. While very funny at times, Steve Carell can also play the drama roles. The ones where he becomes the victim of some type of loss in his life yet in the end finds a way to be happy. To see the light out of all that darkness. This movie surprised me a lot of how good it became in the second half.
There have been many movies about the end of the world. Some are dramas and some are comedies. This is one is just in between. It starts out funny, then it reaches a point where you’re not quite sure where it’s going, as if something were missing to the movie. Then something beautiful happens. It changes into a meaningfully optimistic view on life and relationships.
Steve Carell does a great job at being okay with his life situation where others would panic. He has that it-is-what-it-is attitude. Nothing new but nothing bad either. Keira Knightley on the other hand performed beautifully and incredibly good. I was surprised at how good she could act. She did an amazing job and both her and Steve share a heartwarming chemistry as they experience the end of their days.
The ending was incredible and perfect in its own way. It is during losses that we grow closer, forgive and love each other. I learned from this film that it is never too late to forgive those who have wronged us nor is it too early to love someone new. This film will surprise you, make you smile, perhaps you’ll laugh and maybe you’ll cry. It’s a beautiful story that should have deserved much more attention than it did in cinemas worldwide.
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– Nick Andersen