bittah.com!~ [Movie] The World's End (2013)
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Simon Pegg's latest film, in which 5 old school mates reunite some 20 years later to complete an epic pub crawl (18 pubs & 18 pints in one night or some-such) they failed as high school graduates, and in the process find out they are mankind's last hope.
I quite like Simon Pegg. Or at least I used to. Shaun Of The Dead and even Hot Fuzz were reasonably funny/entertaining films, but this film shows he is either trying to cash in or is completely out of original ideas. Probably both.
For a supposed comedy, I only recall smiling about 2-3 times the entire film, and I don't think I actually lol'd once. And in terms of originality...there is none. It's EXACTLY the same formula/plot as SOTD or Hot Fuzz - a sleepy English town is overtaken by sinister forces & he and his fat offsider save the day. This time it's aliens, who are seeking to integrate us violent & unpredictable humans into the galactic community. Anyone who accepts is turned into a type of replicant, who never grows old etc and can capture their "perfect" stage of life indefinitely.
Aside from the countless plot holes with the entire concept (forgivable for something purporting to be a comedy), it is over acted (especially by Pegg), uninspired, unoriginal and barely entertaining, especially when compared to his previous films which follow exactly the same formula but were at least funnier and more original, if only because they came first.
Only watch it on DVD (or rip it) if you loved his previous works as it's definitely not necessary to watch at a cinema. Save your $$$ for other releases out around the same time, like Rush or the most excellent Filth, which I shall review at a later date here.
I give it 1/5.
Had a couple of funny moments but was mainly cringeworthy.
Didn't help there was this geeky twat at the end of the row we were on who would snigger like one of the nerds of The Simpsons at the slightlest joke... and he was the only laughing most of the time...
Was watching the trailer for Rush (i think that was its name) - the new car racing movie with whatshisface Thor guy. It's supposed to be good incidentally - but the trailer, man, it's like watching the movie in 60 seconds, and comes across as so damned lame. Highly reccomend it!
Filth is on a whole other level of awesome.
Yeah ive heard it's good, but man, you wouldnt know it by the trailer - it's like Days of Thunder crossed with Downton AbbeyRush is actually pretty decent. It is a bit too dramatic (in typical Hollywood fashion) and definitely overplays the rivalry between Hunt & Lauda (they were actually friends irl) but it's very entertaining and 10x the movie Days Of Thunder ever was.
Trailer 1 for your viewing pleasure http://trailers.apple.com/trailers/universal/rush/
I did NOT expect The World's End to be the worst of the three. I hope he does a better job with Ant Man.