John Dies At the End Movie Review

Andrew Murphy

“John Dies at the End is far from your everyday normal movie, in fact it’s one of the most weird films I have ever seen but I knew what to expect going into the movie because of the book it is based on that goes by the same name, and is written by David Wong. The plot in itself is very weird, and even confusing at times but don’t let that take anything away from the movie.

The plot is based around the two main characters Dave and John and what happens after they both take a new drug that is on the street called ‘Soy Sauce’. The plot is very original and takes Dave and John (and you watching) on a wild ride that you will never forget.

If you haven’t read the book and don’t know what you are expecting I will give you a tip, don’t go into this movie expecting it to change film forever, or do something even revolutionary – because it doesn’t. But what it does do is, it gives you hilarious scene after scene that could not be expected in any way, shape or form.

Chase Williamson who plays Dave and Rob Mayes who plays John are perfect fits for the roles, they really capture the characters from the book and bring them to life on the big screen. From Dave not understanding what is going on to John acting crazy, both guys do an excellent job. A face you may recognize from some other films is Paul Giamatti (Saving Private Ryan, The Illusionist) who plays Arnie, the journalist interviewing Dave. Other performances by smaller actors and actress all do good and hold their parts well too.

One of the few gripes I actually have with the movie is the way it’s cut, in some scenes it feels like the scene is being cut at a very odd time. In some scenes the shot will be cut directly after someone is finished talking, like seconds and you’re straight into a new scene again. It kind of gives off that unpolished feeling in some spots. My last gripe with the movie would the parts where Dave is thinking and you are hearing his thoughts, but his thoughts are worded as if they were for someone listening to him (note: Arnie is listening to his story, but when it’s getting played out, you are hearing his thoughts and it’s not as if he is just thinking to himself, it’s as if he is thinking with someone else listening in his mind) and it actually took me out of the movie a few times which is a shame.

If you judge John Dies at the End on its own and not take the book into consideration (I tried to not compare it to the book that often) then it’s a very fun movie that is a must see for its comedy, brilliant characters and some great special effects. But if you are comparing it to the book it’s obviously not as good which is usual with books turning into movies, but that’s not saying it’s a bad movie by any length.

John Dies at the End is a very good film on its own merits, it has an original plot that you will not get anywhere else, two fantastic main characters that will make you laugh every time they are on-screen and some monsters that are very memorable.

But my main point I want to get across is, if you aren’t a fan of movies that are extremely strange and weird, make little sense and are not realistic in any form then do not waste your own hard-earned money on this film because it’s not a film everyone will enjoy.

Editors Note: This is a reader contributed review. Thanks to Andrew for taking the time to email us his review. Sounds like fans of Bubba Ho Tep will love John Dies at the End. 

4 / 5 stars     


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