Sunday, August 24, 2014

The World's End (2013)

Director: Edgar Wright
Writers:  Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg
Cast:       Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Rossamund Pike, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsen, Pierce Brosnan

Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind's only hope for survival. Four of them were leading a normal bourgeoisie lifestyle while their leader from 20 years back, Gary King (Simon Pegg) is now washed up and he sees them doing the bar crawl that they couldn't complete on the first attempt will change things for the better in his life. 

When I saw it first time, I rated it a 5/5 but I guess it was the result of me wanting it to be better than it was after having watched it as soon as I could. It is not a bad film by any means but is significantly of lesser standard compared to the other two in Cornetto Trilogy- Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Guess it was me behaving like Gary King in this film and displaying some selective memory. Shaun of the Dead had zombies while Hot Fuzz had vilgilante elders against two buddy cops. The World's End  is kind of a post apocalyptic film in which humans are turned to alien controlled blanks.  The change in the tone of the film is quite abrupt which can be quite unhinging for those who are uninitiated. Also the chemistry between the main characters is not quite as good as it was in the other two basically because there are more of them. 

In terms of filming style also it is quite different because the other two are famous for their rapid editing style with most of the cuts lasting less than a few seconds but The World's end have plenty of long cut scenes. The typical Cornetto Trilogy signatures like fence jumping, murderous twin and the cornetto itself makes their appearances and latter comes up pretty late in the film. Overall the film is pretty good watch but is not nearly as great as the other two films. It is kind of the same feeling the Gary King's friends have towards him. It just feels like a rushed job now.

Rating: 3.5/5