Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a sad, slow, sweet little movie from the writer of Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. It’s about two damaged creatures who miraculously find each other as a massive meteor hurtles towards Earth and an “Extinction Level Event.” With fourteen days til impact, the rest of America parties and burns, Dodge (Carrell) and Whiny Penny (Knightley) take a road trip.
Seeking was billed as a romantic comedy, which is a misnomer on both counts; think Did You Hear About the Morgans but with astroblemes. Think Melancholia only, I don’t know, less upbeat and with fewer jokes. Keira Knightly looks like she’s stumbled in from the particularly grim East End set of Call the Midwife – plus she’s done something terrible with her eyebrows that look like they’re giving her a face lift. It’s saved by Steve Carrell. And yes (spoiler alert) everyone dies at the end. Being the eternal optimist, I was pissed off even at that.
I know I should care, and I know vaguely that it filmed in California, but actually I couldn’t be bothered to look up the locations. Sorry.