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4.0 out of 5 stars Danger on the edge of town
Five pre-middle-aged male friends are drawn to Newton Haven, the site of their failed dozen-pub crawl as students in 1990. They're led by Gary King (Simon Pegg). He's the one who couldn't move on from that night; couldn't get a job like them, or get married like them. Reluctant revelry and bad-tempered banter ensues, before the gang discovers that the residents of the...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ideas End
Don't get me wrong, World's End isn't a bad film, it's brilliantly filmed, well acted and funny in places, it's just you get a sense of deja vu watching it.

I know a lot of Wright and Pegg's work has revolved around comedic homage to other popular culture references but they are ripping them selves off dreadfully here. The central premise is lifted straight...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Ideas End, 26 Nov 2013
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Don't get me wrong, World's End isn't a bad film, it's brilliantly filmed, well acted and funny in places, it's just you get a sense of deja vu watching it.

I know a lot of Wright and Pegg's work has revolved around comedic homage to other popular culture references but they are ripping them selves off dreadfully here. The central premise is lifted straight from Sean of The Dead only with robots instead of zombies, the subtext is lifted straight from Hot Fuzz (strange underground movement trying to retain the niceness of an otherwise arse end of nowhere location using somewhat unpleasant means) and the unnecessarily gratuitous swearing is lifted straight out of Paul. Even Pegg's character is a less likeable version of Tim Bisley from Spaced. Possibly, after 15 years, it's just run it's course. Sean Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz set the bar incredibly high but transparently rehashing old ideas does smack of a creative block.

I'd hate to think that with Pegg getting increasingly bigger parts elsewhere, he's losing interest in his own work.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Looks good but not that funny, 26 Dec 2013
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From send-ups of zombie and buddy cop films, Pegg and Frost now tackle the sci-fi genre, although this is not obvious at the outset. At the beginning Pegg's character Gary King is a depressed alcoholic with no future, trying to rekindle past glory by attempting a mammoth pub crawl that defeated his teenage self. On paper there's a great cast for his school friends including Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman and Eddie Marsan.

Central to the film is the character of King, who unlike previous Characters Shaun and Nicholas Angel is not that likeable. He has little ambition, he's self-centred, no one can argue with him and he has the same clapped out car; a boy trapped in a man's body. There is potential for conflict with his more successful friends who have families and jobs and this is explored until their night out becomes more of a challenge.

Similar to the sort of encounters in Shaun of the Dead, their foes are now face-grabbing robots whose limbs make a satisfying pop as they snap off and their heads sometimes shatter like porcelain, spraying a thick blue blood all over the place. From this point on the exploration of character is thrown out of the window and it's more about pub brawls, spilt pints and Frost's character proving he's actually good at fighting.

Unfortunately for a comedy, it isn't that funny. I laughed occasionally and smiled at some of the other jokes but it felt like it worked better as a slightly odd drama with actors you liked. In fact there were one or two quite poignant moments where Pegg's character elicited sympathy, where his behaviour is explained. These didn't help the comedy, but added a bit of depth to the story.

For fans of the previous two films there are some nice references, like them crashing over a low hedge and wooden fence. And like Hot Fuzz the world they enter is one where there is a larger picture, where someone else is trying to control them and they have to fight their way out.

Overall it is perhaps the weakest of the Cornetto Trilogy for being less funny. On the plus side the film is very well shot, with some of the director's trademark close-ups of action and fast cuts. It has a great soundtrack of music from their youth and the setup of the pub crawl that King is determined to finish works well to bind the story together. For fans of Pegg and Frost you should see it, but anyone else might be disappointed.
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57 of 70 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Danger on the edge of town, 24 July 2013
Five pre-middle-aged male friends are drawn to Newton Haven, the site of their failed dozen-pub crawl as students in 1990. They're led by Gary King (Simon Pegg). He's the one who couldn't move on from that night; couldn't get a job like them, or get married like them. Reluctant revelry and bad-tempered banter ensues, before the gang discovers that the residents of the town have changed. That is, they have BEEN changed...

The World's End is considerably better than the ostensibly similar This Is The End, a super-indulgent American comedy which mistook f-bombs for humour and name-dropping for satire. Edgar Wright's film is indulgent also, but at the service of audience enjoyment, as opposed to the enjoyment of the players. The script is surprisingly dense and intricate, many of its jokes arriving bittersweet. In an era when so many comedies are heavily (and lazily) improvised, it's refreshing to watch a tightly woven story unfold for once.

The action scenes are given equal attention, lovingly choreographed like some kind of slapstick dance. Chief pugilist is Andrew, our sort-of-hero, played by Nick Frost with remarkable agility. This instalment is far less bloodthirsty than its predecessors - more Scott Pilgrim than Shaun.

The rest of the group is made up of Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, and Martin Freeman. The performances are all top-drawer, although it takes time for their individual personalities to emerge. But then, the fact that they are now practically indistinguishable may be the point - for all their disapproval of Gary, they are the ones playing it safe.

What's most impressive about The World's End is the fact that it's actually about something. Nostalgia is easy to indulge but difficult to deconstruct, but this film genuinely aspires to explore the idea of selective memory - as with a bad hangover, our memories tends to return in subjective spasms, and the truth is only accessible by gathering multiple witnesses. And the truth isn't always what it cracked up to be.

The World's End is, for me, the best of the "Cornetto Trilogy". Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A sad third film in the 'trilogy', 20 July 2014
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A sad third film in the 'trilogy'. Not a patch on Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz. Failed to raise the slightest smile. Avoid!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Superbly simple, 19 Nov 2013
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It's certainly funny in parts and has characters you can genuinely care for; some more than others. The set up is superbly simple, a needy friend drags his old pals back to their hometown to relive a legendary night out. The execution is well filmed in terms of pace and location and in the main each character is strongly scripted. I don't mind that some of it's familiar ground and that couple of pratfalls are copied from previous movies. Some jokes are milked for all their worth but I can let that slide because this is an hour and a half with the lads. When their beer fest is interrupted by something very creepy in their old home town, the boys down pints and meet the threat head on! The whole thing goes mental and the offbeat ending takes you to a place far removed from the movie's first half. The supposed allegorical themes around growing old and edging towards compliance weren't lost on me amongst the fistfights, great music and funny lines. This is no less fun than the the others in the "cornetto trillogy" but interestingly it's the one where the two leads aren't working together from the beginning, where their quest is less defined and where things aren't back to "normal" at the end; but that's not to say it isn't great. It's sci-fi with a twee british twist and I have to say I loved it. If you like this sort of thing and want more, you might try the excellent Faq About Time Travel [DVD] it's a little known gem.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nothing to rave about, 4 Jan 2014
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Expected better from this team. Felt that the plot lost its way but the film is good enough as a distraction on a wet winters day.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The End for Me, 20 Dec 2013
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With such a worthwhile cast I expected great things from this film but I was disappointed, there were laughs but on the whole it was not brilliant and I am beginning to find Simon Pegg not that funny. If you watch the outakes , again they were not that funny.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not their best., 3 Dec 2013
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Not their best film but I still enjoyed watching it.
It was funny in parts, the fight scenes were long and drawn out...a bit boring.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 13 July 2014
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More great film action from the Cornetto Trilogy
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing, 13 July 2014
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Not particularly funny mainly just weird but not in a good way
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