Review 295: John Dies at the End (2012)
I’d been interested in finding out exactly what John Dies at the End was. It’s an interesting movie that tries hard to be non-linear. At times I really enjoyed the movie, but overall it was just okay. I think the opening idea of the ax and the handle is a fun way to look at a philosophical thought experiment. I give John Dies at the End the Decent Watch rating.
David Wong (Chase Williamson) has an interview with a reporter (Paul Giamatti) to tell his crazy story. After taking a new drug that gives its users the ability to travel through time and space, Wong and his friend John (Rob Mayes) have been fighting some crazy battles. Demons or inter-dimensional beings are invading and it’s up to these guys to stop it.
Chase Williamson was probably my favorite part of the movie. I really found him funny and his facial expressions cracked me up. He is the narrator and his story is erratic. I also liked Rob Mayes as John and Paul Giamatti gives a normal performance for him. He’s great and yet seems like an angry manager. Doug Jones has a small role and isn’t wearing a costume. That was an unusual appears for him, but he is solid as always.
Director Don Coscarelli does a bit much with this film. There are a lot of erratic shots and some crazy creatures. The monster made of meats was both gross and pretty funny. There are several elements of the film that allude to other stories and a bigger world. Those elements actually confused me a lot as I didn’t realize when the story took place for a big chunk of the film. However, there are some really funny moments and some smart conversations that make the movie worth watching.
I wasn’t as impressed with this film as I was with Housebound. However, it definitely managed to bring some funny moments. It didn’t really succeed to be a horror film other than the blood and guts. John Dies at the End has some interesting elements, but is a little bit forgettable.