Saturday, August 24, 2013
The World's End
THE WORLD'S END - Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Rosamund Pike, Paddy Considine, directed by Edgar Wright (109 min.)
Edgar Wright and Co. know how to mash up genres better than anyone around. Their films are fanboy mixtures of horror (Shaun of the Dead), action (Hot Fuzz), and now, Science fiction in their latest collaboration, the consistently entertaining The World's End. Wright, along with stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, have their finger on the pulse of a specific type of film. Always rousingly funny, well shot, action-filled and - most importantly - intelligent, The World's End continues to showcase the teamwork of Pegg, Frost, and Wright, along with other regulars from films past. If there is but one drawback to this and the other films, it is the length. Fifteen minutes trimmed away, a little nip and tuck, would serve the picture well. But believe me when I say that is a minor quibble to one of the more entertaining films of the summer.
Twelve pubs make up the crawl, and the quintet shall have a pint per pub until they finally stumble into The World's End, the final pub. In their youth they were unable to complete the journey, so it is Gary's main goal - really his only goal - in life to finish what he started so long ago. Dressed in all black, Gary has clearly never matured beyond those teenage years, and is a constant thorn in the side of his companions along the way. The early portions of the pub crawl focus on the funny. The first two pubs have fallen victim to "Starbucking" as they call it, and the evidence is made clear in a great sight gag. But we all know where this film as headed, and before long the sci-fi elements of the story work their way into the action.
As of that one drawback I mentioned; the film could have been trimmed in a few places along the way. Once the sci-fi elements take over, the proceedings lose a little steam. But this is most certainly not enough to steal away the solid film that is The World's End.