I think the only other “apocalyptic” movie I’ve seen was 2012 (which was filmed in 2009), and I remember thinking then that it would be one of those movies that would be just hilarious explaining to future generations. I think the funniest part about that movie was that **SPOILER ALERT** the apocalypse was somehow completely thwarted (though the exact details escape me) and everyone who boarded one of those “arks” survived. While I found that movie to be hilarious without really trying, this one was actually meant to be a comedy. I think it did all right. I found it to be more of a quirky romance with the end of the world as a backdrop; the laughs more scattered here and there along the way.
I really like Steve Carrell and Keira Knightly as actors, and I think they meshed pretty well here. The movie definitely had its share of clichés and was fairly predictable, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. I will say that I was pleasantly surprised by the ending though. I expected another sort of anti-climactic ending like the one at the end of 2012, but that never happened. It was more of a bittersweet ending and I think I liked that much better. Depending on whether you view the glass as half-full or half-empty, the pair may or may not have had their happy ending.
This movie also had its share of corny moments and is probably perfect for people who like to watch something fairly light, a tad dramatic, and pretty romantic and sappy. I did laugh during some of the scenes, but it didn’t exactly have me rolling on the floor either. Though completely different, I was sort of reminded of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) while watching this movie; maybe it was the flow of the story or maybe it was the tone—like the whole coming to terms with the “end” bit. The story was also a little bit choppy, but even if they had fleshed out a few of the scenes or made others a little less cliché, I’m not sure if it would have made too much of a difference.
I have to say it wasn’t a bad viewing experience, but I also don’t think this is something I can see a lot of people clamoring to the nearest theater to watch. After having seen it, I think I personally could have waited for it to become available for rent.
FINAL VERDICT: C-