The world’s end (Edgar Wright, 2013)

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The world’s end, directed by Edgar Wright (2013).

Score: the weakest of the Cornetto Trilogy but still worth watching.

The peak of Gary King’s (Simon Pegg) life was in the summer of 1990, when he was just starting his adult life and went on an epic bar crawl called The Golden Mile with his four best friends. They never got to the last of the twelve bars on the crawl and this has been bugging Gary ever since. Twenty years later, when all his friends are employed, married and moved to London, but he has stayed a free spirit, Gary decides to reunite the old gang for one more go at The Golden Mile. But the town of Newton Haven of today is hiding a terrible secret and Pete (Eddie Marsan), Steven (Paddy Considine), Oliver (Martin Freeman) and Andy (Nick Frost) are going to be dealing with more than they bargained for.

The movie’s not half bad, but not as funny as Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz. The dialogue is not as witty, the gags are not as funny, the plot is a bit nonsensical and the narrative stalls much more than in the other two. Besides, the change in tone a third into the movie is going to be a deal breaker for a lot of people. As the huge nerd of sci-fi that I am, the tropes that Wright chose are not very attractive to me, which is not to say they’re not interesting tropes– this is more a matter of personal taste. The final duel with the bad guys I found not that satisfying, though I did like the actual ending.

That being said, you can tell this is the one that managed to have the biggest budget and especial effects, which is not bad in itself. I found Nick Frost a bit dull in this one, but I’m amazed at how funny Simon Pegg can be when playing wildly different characters. That guy is on to something.

All in all, worth a watch.

3 thoughts on “The world’s end (Edgar Wright, 2013)

  1. I can see how the sci-fi twist may put something people off, but I liked it. Battling aliens isn’t that different from fighting zombies and the trailers did somewhat spoil the twist so you knew what you were getting into prior to watching.

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    1. I tend to avoid trailers because they spoil stuff. Still, it’s true that the other two installments might give you a clue of the kind of movie this is. I was thinking about someone who started watching the movie without any context, though.

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