The World’s End (2013) Review
I loved what Wright did in the first two films. Shaun of the Dead was a brilliant riff on zombie films and Hot Fuzz was the same with buddy cop films, and all I wanted was the same treatment for an alien invasion. Sadly though I think they missed the mark massively and I found this film very disappointing, sadly Wright’s worst film to date. The film as a comedy was weak and barely had any laughs in comparison to their previous work. The story was equally weak and had near to no coherency; rapidly shooting from boring slap stick fights to heart felt back stories and breakdowns. I have a lot more complaints but when it comes down to it the films a comedy that isn’t funny. I’ll go into much more detail below but for now bookmark this if you are waiting to see the film, leave any comments below, if you have seen the film then check out the spoiler sections and I will look forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts.
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.
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Story: 70% Acting: 85% Characters: 80% Dialogue: 60%
Comedy: 40% Style/Sound: 70% Visuals: 50%
The story started slow…agonizingly slow and whilst it was picking up rapidly it hit a plateau about half way through the film which made me lose interest in what was happening, don’t get me started on the non-sense ending. As far as the acting goes they all did a good job but like I said at the start there were some excellent emotional scenes but I couldn’t care less about them when it drags away from the comedy which just doesn’t match! As for the characters I thought that Pegg and Frost swapping their normal roles would be good but in practise it just doesn’t feel as funny. Frost plays a good straight face but Pegg just cannot hold the lovable loser role.
The dialogue was fine at times but as a comedy it just wasn’t very funny, in Shaun of the Dead it was more physical humour and in Hot Fuzz it was more funny dialogue but this film didn’t win in either category. Where this film really fails though is the complete and utter wasted opportunity that an alien invasion film had. If you think zombies and buddy cop films have a lot of material to work with then you must be able to find plenty of comedy but clearly not. I did feel an awful lot of similarities between this films alien and the aliens of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, the problem with this is that I both felt I had seen it before and it totally didn’t match the theme of the film. There is actually a part where the alien says “Fuck it” and then it left?! What?!.
The visuals were weak and stupid most of the time, with terrible fight scenes and I mean terrible, seriously look out for the bathroom fight. I can’t think why this is though, Wright has never had a problem with fights and visuals before but as his worse film he let me down here as well. The only reason I didn’t put this lower was that it had good background and scenery visuals, still average though.
The best reviews I found would be these:
“While I can’t say that it’s my favourite film that Wright has made, I can say that it’s a good time at the cinema and very much worth your time, especially if you’re a fan of the previous films.” Hyper Sonic. Full Review
“The World’s End takes a little while to get going, but once it does it not only meets the sterling standard of excellence set by the previous two films but also reaches a new level of emotional depth for the entire trilogy.” Rorschach Reviews. Full Review
My favourite scene is either Pegg jumping unto the car for no reason or Frost accidentally smashing his arm through a window when he is drunk. I pick them because they are the funniest scenes I can remember. Please comment with your favourite scenes.