Tuesday, September 10, 2013

THE WORLD'S END caps off a perfect trilogy


Synopsis taken from IMDb
Five friends reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind's only hope for survival.

Years back when I became a fan of 2004's "Shaun of the Dead", I became obsessed. As a matter of fact, a friend of mine has a memory of me watching it seven times in one week. Afterwards, I discovered the British sitcom, "Spaced", which also stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. I became an instant fan. Then, "Hot Fuzz" hit in 2007, and again, I was a fan. What I'm getting at is, seeing the conclusion of the Wright, Pegg and Frost trilogy was a must for me.

The first thing that struck me when watching, was that I forgot that it was about robots taking over the world. Seriously, no exaggeration, the characters and their bonds seem so real that I got caught up in their personal stories. And, with the character development going on, the big picture slipped my mind! When the first robot encounter happens, it actually jolted me, because I forgot all about that aspect of the film. Just goes to show ya that all you gotta do is sit these guys down at a pub and let them talk to make a good movie. 

It's laugh out loud funny, even though there's tragic and depressing moments. There's always an upbeat to it, giving off a positive and heartfelt vibe, even through the gloomy times. I can recall several times that this movie had me cracking up. And a lot of that not only came from great dialog but also, the action scenes...

Nick Frost owns the screen in the showdown scenes. His character, Andy Knightley, is such a calm and collected character. So, it's a total rush of excitement and humor when he snaps and starts kicking major ass. He and Simon Pegg make an unstoppable team yet again! The action and effects are done in a very comedic way, and it's very original. The whole film is really just genius humor!

The supporting cast was spot on as well. The thing that I enjoy and commend this movie on the most is, the fact that all of the characters are funny and have their moment, not just the leading men.

As the film concludes, it ties up very nicely and leaves you with a smile on your face. Well, it left me with a smile on my face, anyway. It really does end on the right note. This isn't some "Rocky V", where they need to do another film to wash this one out. No, they hit the nail on the head with a proper finale. It doesn't live up to "Shaun of the Dead" but, I like it more than "Hot Fuzz". 

As the final installment in their trilogy, there's a lot of underlying messages. Most of which, are about growing up and moving on. This is particularly sad because, I found it to not only be about the characters in the film but, also about Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright in their personal lives. Moving on from the past and letting go. It's dismal to see them go but, they go out in a blaze of glory with this great end to their series. 

Nothing stays the same, no matter how hard you try. And nothing lasts forever. But, friendship is worth living for. That's the message this motion picture leaves us with. "The World's End" is a celebration of life.


  1. I felt the same way about the subtext, really speaks to moving on and growing up. Think it hit me because I'm roughly the same age as Pegg, Frost and Wright.

    1. Yeah, goodbyes are always sad. Especially when you can relate to the characters and like them so much.

  2. Agreed especially with your comment on forgetting about the 'robots' aspect when watching the film... I was nearly shocked when they made their first appearance. I found it initially to be not as interesting; I guess Simon Peggs character isn't particularly likable and he is playing against type for a change which jarred with me, but once it got going on the pub crawl I loved it. It really is great fun, and has a lot of heart.

    1. I just thought those teenagers were dicks LOL Totally forgot that the film was about robots. I'm glad I'm not the only one who was impacted by that.


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