TIFF12: My Thoughts on John Dies at the End

To say that John Dies at the End is a weird film would be a bit of an understatement.  The film focuses on a man named David Wong (Chase Williamson), who sits in a restaurant and tells his story to a journalist named Arnie (Paul Giamatti).  It’s a hard movie to describe, but in essence, Dave and his friend John (Rob Mayes) take a drug called “Soy Sauce,” which allows them to see a lot of weird supernatural activity around them.

The film gets really weird, really early in the form of a monster made entirely of meat, which was actually a very enjoyable sequence to watch.  However, I found that the rest of the film was not interesting enough to keep me awake for the midnight screening.  It’s definitely not a good sign when I find myself dozing off any many points throughout the film.

The plot of the film got progressively more weird and confusing as it when along and I sometimes found it hard to follow the plot (the dozing didn’t help). In some ways, I would say that the film has a similar feel to David Cronenberg’s Naked Lunch – another odd book-to-film adaptation.

Overall, I would say that John Dies at the End is not a bad film, but it was also exactly the super-awesome Midnight Madness closer I was expecting either.

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).