Average User Score: 4.3Feb 10, 2015This goofy, likely unintentional, homage to Flash Gordon and the naive science fiction of the 30's is huge fun, not to be taken too seriously.This goofy, likely unintentional, homage to Flash Gordon and the naive science fiction of the 30's is huge fun, not to be taken too seriously. One of the better popcorn movies you'll ever see. The story IS coherent and easy to follow, if . . . . well fun . . . naive. I can't imagine anyone free from preconceptions that won't have a lot of fun with this.… Expand
Average User Score: 7.3Jun 23, 2012This is going to be one of the true 'love-it-or-hate-it' movies of recent years. I loved it, so give it a ten. What may frustrate some is thatThis is going to be one of the true 'love-it-or-hate-it' movies of recent years. I loved it, so give it a ten. What may frustrate some is that the film (though consistent throughout) does not reveal its intentions until the last third. It isn't a rom-com. It's a flat out romance. Although there are a lot of really funny comic flourishes, it isn't a comedy. What the screenplay portrays in superbly natural but affecting dialog is the growing intimacy of Dodge (hero) and Penny (heroine) in this horrific situation. Most of this is done in subtext, as the picture depicts the various reactions ordinary human beings have to the impending apocalypse. When the picture finally opens up and reveals that its subject all along has been the relationship of these two, the effect is tremendously moving. The final moments are emotionally satisfying to a degree that few love stories never achieve. I am totally at odds with the critics who found this cliched or trite - what the hell do you expect people to say to each other as the world ends?
Knightly is excellent. Carrell is Oscarworthy. Her character is late 20's, early 30's. His is 40ish. The age discrepancy is not crazy, and in fact works fairly well in the movie. (She has energy, he has a little more wisdom, and is mildly protective.) The picture in my view is a masterpiece. Others will disagree, but you at least have reasons why those in the 'love' camp find the picture so endearing.… Expand