REVIEW: WORLD'S END
SYNOPSIS: Director Edgar Wright and actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reunite for a third film following the successes "Shaun of the Dead" (2004) and "Hot Fuzz" (2007). In "The World's End," 20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by Gary King (Simon Pegg), a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub - The World's End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind's. Reaching The World's End is the least of their worries.
REVIEW: With this latest release, British writer-director Edgar Wright has turned movie spoofing (which could be considered the silliest of genres), in to something of a fine art of sorts. Who knew this flash-style filming could become such a hit with audiences. With “Shaun of the Dead,” his preamble 2004 zombie release, and “Hot Fuzz,” his 2007 buddy-cop comedy, the ultra-talented director seems to have combined his impressive film knowledge and visual flash with sly, clever social commentary. Added to his unusual film style is his way of linking films. Rumor is this latest effort apparently joins the abovementioned flicks to round out the “Three Flavors Cornetto” trilogy. Curiosity got the best of me, so I look it up and according to www.wikipedia.org, “the Blood and Ice Cream trilogy or the Cornetto trilogy” is a series of comedy films directed by Edgar Wright where the product’s brand name is a name that simultaneously evokes a British much beloved ice-cream snack. For those that did watch the previous too films, you may remember the product plug that appears in each film. Well, I can confirm that the product is plugged in this latest one also. No big deal – just quite unusual, I would say.
The World’s End is, to put a fine point on it, is madness and hilarious in a sorta juvenile way, with Simon Pegg’s “Gary” character being an obnoxious, belligerent fool to the very end. He understandably puts his friends on edge, particularly Nick Frost’s “Andy” character, which goes from buttoned-down uptight/uptown lawyer that drinks water at bars, instead of alcohol, to shirt-tearing, stool-weilding-bad@ss, Jackie Chan style.
At this point, it’s best not to know much more beforehand about this latest release, but it’s safe to assume that fans of Wright’s previous films, and anyone who enjoys a good beer or screen depictions of comedic drunkenness, will find this sidesplitting and amusing. It is like blending The Hangover, (2009) with any of the most recent alien invasion movies. It is weird, to say the least, funny and over-the-top for the most part. Hence, my prediction is that this is an instant cult hit and will have a unique set of followers, without a doubt. It deserves four out of five stars for simple pure unique comedy.
By Movi-Man Stan
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