It’s a Disaster (2013)


Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Peculiar, but Decent

It’s not an original idea to make an rated R comedy on the subject of the end of the world. In fact, for some reason or other, it’s seen absolutely everywhere recently. An example of some of these films include: This is the End, Rapture-Palooza, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, The World’s End, and of course our review for the day, It’s a Disaster, starring Arrested Development’s David Cross. What makes this film different than the rest? Well each of these films are actually quite unique from each other, and for this film, it had less to do with the end of the world as it did with relationships, which can be compared more closely to Seeking a Friend.

David Cross plays Glen Randolph in this comedy, besides Tracy (Julia Stiles) as they go to their monthly Sunday brunch session at a friend’s home. While they are going through their day-to-day routines, they come to find out that the world may be coming to an end after some kind of attack goes off in the city. We, however, don’t see most of this attack, or any of it really, we just hear about it, and watch how these people cope with disaster while simultaneously dealing with each of their relationships.

Okay, so first of all, it is incredibly clear that there is practically no plot to this movie at all. Such a lack in a story almost always sets me off, but the characters are brilliant in the movie. This is a movie with plenty of leads, and even though Cross seems to be the main character in the movie, it’s not really by much. The rest of the characters are really well thought up, and all seem equally important. Each of them have such a diverse amount of depth for the audience to really understand while simultaneously laughing at the jokes.

The humor in the movie is actually also pretty decent. It doesn’t try too hard to be something that it isn’t. It is very self-aware when it comes to the comedy, so nothing is forced. The plot with nearly no direction does make the film feel a lot longer than it is, but it’s not to the point of really being unbearable. It did interesting, and it did interesting right. What can’t be forgotten is how great the concept was.

How many times have you seen a movie about the end of the world and that’s just what the film was? A movie about the end of the world? Usually, it is in your face, and the main characters are trying to find some way to escape the end, making it a man v. nature crisis. The end of the world is somewhat happening outside in It’s a Disaster, you see one or two clues to affirm it all, and maybe hear some sirens, but you are pretty much expected to believe the world is coming to an end. Why? The crisis in this film is not man v. nature, it is more or less man v. man. These are couples that are having problems with each other. It’s almost a hilarious soap opera amongst chaos. I just really liked the concept.

In the end, it just feels like the humor was fresh and new, the acting was great, they took an overdone subject and did something new with it…there’s a lot of good to be said here. I just think that there could have been a lot of more development to the actual story. There just wasn’t any plot, and I think that really hurt the film. In general, the movie is pretty hilarious, but it could have been done better.

It’s a Disaster came to Blu-Ray and DVD on Jun. 4!


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