An asteroid is headed for Earth and you know your days are numbered. What would you do? “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” will have you pondering and possibly rethinking what that answer would be. Starring the charming Steve Carell as Dodge, an ordinary hard working guy who winds up alone when his wife abruptly leaves him. While Dodge continues on with his every day routine he faces a detour when he meets his charismatic neighbor Penny (Keira Knightley).
The chance meeting of the pair puts them on a journey to tie up loose ends and prepare for the end of days. Dodge who realizes his life is in shambles decides to seek a former love who he believes is the one that got away. Penny is along for the ride as Dodge agrees to get her to someone he knows that has the capability to fly her back home to be with her family. As the duo begin their travels they find themselves having more fun then expected and a connection forms. Maybe it is knowing the end is coming or perhaps it is more, but whatever it is it creates a unique relationship.
As the friends come to the end of their journey they prepare to let go. It is an ending filled with love, spirituality and an unexpected calming. “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” is a dark comedy that offered great performances by Knightley and Carell. I found myself enthralled by both characters and understood where the chemistry came from. Despite stellar performances there is an overcast of shifting moods and a forced love story.
In the beginning I felt myself in a tug of war over whether the film would be a comedy or romance. As it teetered back and forth there were several slow sections. Expect a lot of the unexpected and pack your survival gear for “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World”, where at times you will wonder when the days will end.