How It Ends Movie Review
An amusing if tedious comedy-drama set during the final day of humanity, How It Ends offers a compelling premise but a script unwilling to commit to the zanier aspects of the story. The end result is a very short 82 minutes that feels longer, without the comedic chops nor dramatic gravitas to make the material work.
Zoe Lister-Jones co-writes, co-directs, and stars as Liza, which has the young woman wandering around Los Angeles trying to make amends with old friends and find the right company for the end of the world. Joining her on her adventure is a younger version of herself (Cailee Spaeny), who likes to point out the poor decisions she made along the way.
But in reality, How It Ends, which is also written and directed by Daryl Wein, is about the odd pair meeting strange people (played by stars such as Helen Hunt, Olivia Wilde, Fred Armisen, Lamorne Morris, Nick Kroll, and others, essentially in extended cameos), talking for a few minutes, and then repeating the process all over again.
The whole thing becomes pretty tiring and feels increasingly aimless, largely driven by the fact that the whimsical little film appears to be going for laughs but doesn’t land them. It’s way too lighthearted for the serious stuff to work, and so How It Ends lingers awkwardly in limbo, neither funny nor dramatic and as a result not particularly entertaining.
How It Ends isn’t without its moments, but its only real positive is its short running time.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.