Excerpt: More a parody of zombie apocalypse films than an homage to them, the story of old friends reliving their pubquest becomes a contrived battle of good versus evil. On occasion, the two concepts happily converge. Though Pegg and director Edgar Wright’s script is steeped in British humor, many examples are frivolous.
Excerpt: Maybe the aliens were right. Maybe humanity isn’t ready for intergalactic mingling. When the Body Snatchers came down and warped our minds from the poison of free thinking, we stopped going to war and stopped hating each other. So for World’s End , maybe we are in fact better off being under control of alien robots. Or, this is just the booze talking. After all, a dozen pubs in one night – 12 pints worth of various worldwide lagers – can warp anyone’s perception.
Excerpt: Edgar Wright's The World's End is about a disappointment particular to a small-town local's recrudescence, about both the urge to return to the place of one's youth and the disillusionment inherent in doing so. It proposes that the worst thing about moving from your small hometown to the big city is the sad realization that your small hometown doesn't care that you left.
Conclusion: Funny, smart, exciting and substantial, The World's End is much more than most comedies. While sharply executed, its genre storyline and action isn't quite as sharp as the rest and keeps this talented British group from matching the perfection of their previous outing. What that means for me is that instead of being one of 2013's very best films, it settles for the top ten percentile, which is clearly nothing to scoff at.
Excerpt: There are lots of different kinds of movies. Some are best experienced with crowds. Some are better at home. Some achieve cult status, earning endless midnight reruns. Many more are enjoyable only once. These movies tend to focus on convoluted plots and big action instead of characters, so that after you know what's going to happen there's no reason to go back.
Excerpt: Nearly a decade ago I had a copy of Shaun of the Dead and had a review pile that was getting pretty deep. I took that copy to a friend of mine at work and he watched it and gave it back. I told him he could keep it only to hear hime say “Dude, have you not seen this? Because you really should, I think you’d like it.” My eyebrow raised and I took the disc back home with me and it was then that I found one of my favorite movies of the last ten years.
Excerpt: The Film Edgar Wright has made a name for himself in the world of film, but there are two cult classics that really stand out on his impressive resume. The 2004 rom-zom-com Shaun of the Dead and 2007's Hot Fuzz were the first two entries into the director's beloved "Three Flavours Cornetto" trilogy. Now he's bringing it all to a smashing end with The World's End , one of the most underrated films of the year.
Summary: Is there a genre Edgar Wright and cohorts in crime Simon Pegg and Nick Frost haven't tackled? Victorian period romance, I suppose. Otherwise, it's all fair game for the Cornetto Trilogy boys. Shaun of the Dead cut a swath through horror and the house that Romero built, years before the New Zombie Renaissance. Hot Fuzz fired "two guns whilst jumping through the air" with slick style, shooting up '80s and '90s action classics, police procedurals and buddy cop flicks.
Conclusion: I don't know if there's a director working today who unleashes more creative style and energy in his films than Wright, and if there is, they certainly aren't playing the same cult-friendly playground as this fantastically fun sci-fi take on the idea of the mid-life crisis. Though the ending is a bit anti-climactic, overall it's a blast to watch, and based on my wife's reaction, it will appeal to a wide audience.When it comes to the disc, the presentation is excellent...