Monday, September 2, 2013

The World's End

Movie Name: The World's End
Year of Release: 2013
Director: Edgar Wright
Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan, Rosamund Pike, Reece Shearsmith, Bill Nighy, Pierce Brosnan, David Bradley
Genre: Action, Comedy
Score out of ten (whole numbers only): 7

Following "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World", director Edgar Wright is back to his UK based stories, this one again devised with Simon Pegg, whom he worked with on "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz". "The World's End" follows the story of 5 high school friends, all of whom come from the same small town. 20 years after they all finished school, the leader of the pack, Gary King, decides to reunite the group, so they can celebrate an alcoholic itinerary through all the pubs that are part of their hometown. Gary has never outgrown his high school days, and desperately wants to relive those glory days. When this diversified group comes to town, they start realizing that things have changed with their inhabitants. What they discover leads them on a bigger adventure than they expected.
Edgar Wright and his frequent collaborator, actor Simon Pegg, have smartly been deconstructing genres with their previous films. "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz" smartly mixed their original genres (horror and action respectively) and infused them with a sense of humor that makes them unique and unlike anything else. "The World's End" again uses this genre mix, this time with the "end of the world"/"alien invasion" concept, mixed with a comedy ensemble component that makes this film a riot to witness. The cast is uniformly good, with Simon Pegg making the best of his character's lunacy, whereas Nick Frost this time around gets the more serious, responsible part. The film ends up faltering a bit towards it's epilogue (which ultimately ends up being unnecessary), but it's nonetheless a fun film to watch.