Sunday, 8 September 2013

Movie Review: The World's End

 As the final installment of the so-called The Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and now the World's End - Each film in the trilogy is connected to a Cornetto ice cream, with a Cornetto of the appropriate flavour to the theme of the film appears), it's not the typical Hollywood American sci-fi action drama comedy film (It's a British film). The comedic elements presented in the film is quite different, which highlights the English-American divide in comedic sensibilities. It lingers more on the characters' conversations and interactions to provide the comedy or jokes.

Although it's not advisable to watch the trailer as it spoiled the unexpected twist in this film, but I guess most people would have done it anyway by now.

The story is about a group of childhood friends in their 40s: a hopeless, jobless drinker/drug addict(Gary), a real estate agent (Oliver), an architect (Steven), a lawyer (Andrew) and a car-seller(Peter) - who decided to reunite together and return to their hometown, Newton Haven, to complete the unfinished Golden Mile of 12 pubs to drink 60 pints of beer (for 5 guys) when they're young.What ensues is an unexpected plot twist that re-examines each character's past, rekindle severed friendships/relationships and possibly, save the world.

It's quite refreshing and admirable to see that there's considerable effort being put by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright to not follow the normal successful formula that normally comes with this genre.There's also an interesting theme to think about in The World's End - to have the choice of being free as a human, to be able to do what you want, despite the human imperfection in the world.

But, the running gag involving garden fences, the pub brawl action and chasing scenes are quite similar to the past films.The finale presented near the end of the film feels unsatisfying as it ends abruptly without a good resolution to some of the characters.

Nevertheless, it's still a decent, enjoyable character story that's worth a watch.

Rating: 7.5/10

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