She and Carell get a wide range of moments to play with and they bring the heart and emotion to the film. The plot has some problematic moments. Most of the more overt jokes are reserved for the opening segments, the weakest the film has to offer. I put this film right up there with them because of the awesome performances of Steve Carell and Keira Knightley as our hero and heroine who we know are doomed from the start. At the same time, the choice seems natural for a movie taking place right before Armageddon, especially one that's end game is definitely romance.
They meet cute, in a way, but with none of the emotional affectation of bad rom coms - neither angry nor incandescent - 'like at first sight', if you will. Nothing can be worst then continuous gags that completely fall flat. Nothing can be worst then continuous gags that completely fall flat. However, none of the previous films starred Steve Carrell or stayed completely in the pre-apocalyptic world. These scenes, however, are merely distractions from how Dodge and Penny learn more than they ever imagined about life and the world simply because it is all coming to an end. This is going to be one of the true 'love-it-or-hate-it' movies of recent years. Again, the filmmakers did a wonderful job making the viewer feel as in love with her as other characters in the story are.
The second half contains strong positive, redemptive elements of faith and values. This was by far the most moving film I have ever seen. They begin to talk and become kindred spirits. This puts Dodge in a reflective mood and he thinks of his past love and whether he can see her again. It leaves you with the joy of pain, the sour truth of life. The supporting cast is extensive and there is not a weak link in the bunch, which includes Patton Oswalt and William Petersen to name but a few.
Someone could write a compelling thesis about humanity's obsession with the apocalypse. They must find the thing or person they love best to spend their final days with. Rather, they were all fresh and real- and perhaps that's what made them all so effective on screen. Derek Luke, Patton Oswalt, Rob Corddry, Connie Britton, and Melanie Lynskey also have small roles. Now motivated to spend the last three weeks of his life searching for his long lost love although he has no idea where she lives , he takes off, barely escaping a riot, with Penny and boyfriend in tow.
Knightley constantly clutching the stack of random records that she takes from her apartment is a very nice touch for her character and tells you more about her then any of her various dialog scenes she has--still those scenes in the last half where she's ruminating about how she's never going to see her family again, or where she's thinking about all the time she wasted on people who didn't matter, who she knew didn't even matter while she was with them instead of being with the handful of people she really wishes she could spend more time with was very emotionally well done. Isn't the dilemma of the plot the essential dilemma of life? Given the basic story, such as it is, it would be difficult to make this movie work. Upon this news Dodge's wife leaves him and Dodge considers what he is going to do with his final days of his life and the past regrets he has. The discussion of mortality in the film is incredibly moving as Dodge wishes he had made the most of his life but always knew he wouldn't live long where as Penny wants to live if only because she doesn't feel fulfilled. He gets acquainted with a downstairs neighbor, Penny played by Keira Knightley whom he haven't talked with for the past 3 years of living in the same apartment building. We've seen dramatic and extreme post-apocalyptic thrillers almost as many times as we've survived the Rapture, and it is hard to imagine that anyone can interpret the theme in a way that would make a movie more enjoyable. From the opening moments until the final frames she crafts a film where anything can happen at any time.
Seeking a Friend is being marketed as a comedy, which is a mistake. I felt like I didn't even know what I was watching, almost uncomfortable. What i love more than anything i think is how completely realistic the film feels in its depiction of humanity reacting to their imminent demise. When the road trips starts, the comedy element of the film lingers, but the trajectory is romance and drama with some lighthearted moments interspersed. Interestingly, the end of the movie reminded me of the end of Melancholia, but it's not nearly as ponderous and heavy as the latter.
There's really no way of knowing how you would feel or what you would want to talk about under this particular set of circumstances, but from a purely emotional perspective, this feels right. I knew that it wouldn't be a horrible movie, because Steve Carell usually delivers great performances and do good comedy. Keira Knightley is wonderful and this is probably the best thing I've ever seen her do. The answer's in the title, and if that's too romantic for some, that's too bad. The director Scafaria has infused the early part of Seeking a Friend for the End of the World with a comically yet appropriately downbeat vibe that's reflected in Dodge's encounters with various supporting characters Rob Corddry's hedonistic Warren, Melanie Lynskey's sweet yet simpleminded Karen, etc , with the meandering atmosphere affording the early part of the proceedings the feel of a low-key character study.
He was so well-cast for this movie. Seeking a Friend wants to say something about the human need to connect, and it does so in a convincing and satisfying way. I would find a homeless mother dog with puppies and be calmed by her optimism. I liked the male lead more and more. The writers did a great job with mixing comedy in a movie that has a depressing feel to it. Dodge and Penny strike a deal: If she can get help him find his lost love, he can get her to someone that owns a plane and can fly her to her family.