Good morning, good afternoon, good evening and goodnight! That Guy here, and as part of our “we’re back”, I’m writing a trio of film reviews for tonight, tomorrow night and Sunday night. Aren’t we all lucky, eh?
Now, I’ve been a fan of Simon Pegg and Nick frost since SotD, and I’ve seen Hot Fuzz, Spaced, Hyperspace, Attack The Block, the Star Trek reboots, Run Fat Boy Run, Hector & His Search For Happiness, Paul, and the three episodes Dr Who starring Pegg and Frost, all leading me to have rather high expectations of their work. They are, without a doubt, both worthy of the title of entertainment genius. So, you could say I am a fan.
So, let’s get on with the review.
The World’s End stars Pegg as Gary King, the guy who just never grew up, despite leaving his home-town and having to face the real world. His school-friends, who he has maintained a partial contact with, have all become respectable, successful people in their own ways, and it’s clear that they almost loathe him. So, trouble is sure to follow when he convinces them to try again at the 12-pub-crawl that their home-town is famous for and the towns-folk have all been replaced by aliens.
Now, there’s a lot of background stuff in the film, stuff that just works – a lot of aside comments or commentary on humanity that you just don’t think about until they say it, and then, it all makes perfect sense. There is a moment when one sees his old school bully, and feels an immense feeling of depression, not because of the events that had transpired, but because the bully didn’t recognise him. It’s such a little thing, but by being so small, it’s so big.
A lot of work has gone into making you feel for the characters, too. Gary is a complete and utter douche-nugget, and yet, by mid-way through the film, you start to like him. I remember noting that I actively disliked him, about 20 minutes in, and by half-way through, it had all faded away.
It is, though, a comedy, but like a lot of good comedies, it makes you sad too. But it’s mostly for the laughs. I particularly liked the fight scene from 40 minutes in which really kicked off the laughs for me. It has genuinely been so long since I laughed as hard as I did whilst watching that scene. So here it is.
It may be slapstick humour, very immature, and showcase Nick Frost as the best of the lot (and the rest of the film really does validate that statement, trust me), but I love it.
The cast do a fantastic job – they all fit into their roles rather neatly – I don’t recall a weak performance from any of the main guys, and truth be told, anything that could be considered weak, I think can be explained by the plot of the movie. Town full of robots. And yes, I know they’re not robots.
All in all, I was rather pleased with the film – I did find the ending rather lacking, but all things considered, there’s only so far you can take a film like this, and I think that the rest of the film holds up enough that they can get away with what they did.