Film Review: “The World’s End”

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The World’s End, 2013

dir. Edgar Wright


Remember when you watched Shaun of the Dead for the first time? When you thought “holy crap, this is the perfect zombie movie”. And remember Hot Fuzz? Remember how it perfectly combined the all-American, typically Hollywoodian cop movie with a quintessential English village, and it came out being one of the best things you’ve ever seen in your life?

Well, then. Welcome to The World’s End. This is not your average alien invasion movie, but it takes Bodysnatchers, puts it in a lovely blender with a pub crawl and your usual Wright-Pegg-Frost banter, and serves a delicious Three Flavoured Cornetto that not only has some really awesome fight sequences (who knew Nick Frost was such a BAMF?) but also has those wonderful sentimental moments that melt your heart and some really funny gags! They’re back and they delivered!

I’m not going to spoil it for you in case you haven’t seen it yet (which is ridiculous – it’s been out for a whole day, stop lazying about and go see it!), but I must comment on how much I loved the story.

It’s so funny and interesting, the whole idea of The Network (Bill Nighy – hey oh!) and the Blanks. Seriously, the aliens were one of my favourite things about this whole film. What with their blue “blood” and Lego-like bodies. It’s so great. And really clever, as well. You never actually get to see the aliens, which is genius (I mean, how can you top Paul?), which lets your imagination run free. They could look like anything! (In my head, they’re slightly prettier Vogons, but that’s just me)

Something else that I loved about this (and about all the previous parts of the trilogy) is the style. The good ol’Edgar Wright directing style. It’s fast paced and it becomes in itself a character of the film.

But we all know what the best part of these films really is. The friendship between Pegg and Frost, and how it brilliantly translates to screen in so many different ways. Simon Pegg is so wonderful in this, one of this best acting yet (I think, anyway), and Nick Frost is as I’ve never seen him before, really. Add to that the incredible talents of Martin Freeman (not playing anyone even remotely similar to Tim, Watson Arthur Dent or Bilbo Baggins), Rosamund Pike, Eddie Marsan and Paddy Considine, and you’ve got yourself a fantastic ensemble.

So, if you’ve been following the progress of the trilogy, go see this. If you haven’t, go see this, then watch Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. And then again.

review by Mariana Duarte


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