THE WORLD’S END: THE REVIEW

Salty Kernel, Claire Smith, attended the screening for THE WORLD’S END, Claire loves a good comedy and she is the one you want sitting in the cinema chuckling uncontrollably to something rollicking, so she was the perfect choice to view the Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost finale to the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, one issue, she was not a fan, this is quite depressing, the film is tracking at 91% on Rotten Tomatoes and 75% on IMDB but this is Claire’s review and she wouldn’t dislike it for no reason, read her thoughts, what do you think? Did you love the movie? Did we get it wrong? Did you agree? Post your comments below on why you loved/disliked this film.

 

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In an attempt to salvage the glory days of high-school, Gary King reunites five friends to attempt to complete “The Golden Mile” – a pub run with twelve stops in their hometown of Newton-Haven.

A few pubs in and the guys realize that the town has changed, the locals are…different…strange…..and their only hope for surviving the mile is, as Gary puts it “to complete it to the bitter end…or lager end.”

There were high-hopes a-plenty for this third installment of The Blood and Ice-Cream Cornetto Trilogy (also known as the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy or just The Cornetto Trilogy), so coined by writers Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright. After the success of RomZomCom Shaun of the Dead (2004) and the continued funny’s of Hot Fuzz (2007) our expectations were set to 11.

Unfortunately, the expectations weren’t met.

It makes me sad to write a review of this nature for a cult-potential film, so I’ll be as gentle as I can. Here we go:

 

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From the outset, the film looked promising and the first fifteen minutes were seriously enjoyable. Out of the barrel of a gun, The World’s End came out gangbusters. But the story didn’t progress enough to justify the impending feeling of dread from the main players. In terms of the story progression, the cards were all on the table within the first twenty minutes and a stalemate situation painfully limped through the next hour of lame-puns and nonthreatening villains.

Simon Pegg’s (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead, Star Trek) character Gary King was just too unlikable as the main protagonist. Rude, boisterous and selfish, he possessed no real redeeming characteristics and was downright irritating to watch. There was no over-arching story reveal to endear ourselves to him, a few attempts were made at the tail end of the film to make us pity him a little more, but it was too little too late. The lack of ulterior motive, or character development for King makes the audience question why they should care about his quest at all.

 

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The four supporting friends were well played and had some more subtle development to their stories that made them easier to relate with.

Their own stories actually bordered on some beautiful moments with the characters revealing deeper parts of themselves and their back-stories, however any efforts at empathy were quickly quashed by the ever annoying Gary King.

Martin Freeman of Hobbit fame plays Oliver, a character who seems to be there solely to introduce a female love interest to the story in the form of his sister.

Eddie Marsan (Jack the Giant Slayer, Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows) is the meek and weak bullied friend, Peter who is a constant pushover to Gary’s domineering, delinquent lifestyle.

Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum, Cinderella Man) is Steven, the rival for Gary’s affections – Oliver’s sister Sam – Rosamund Pike (Jack Reacher, Die Another Day) Confused yet? Well, I agree, the film could have done just as well with only two or three supporting leads, but I’m guessing previous allies of the team were invited aboard for this one.

Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead, Paul) was almost a salvaging factor as Andrew Knightley, King’s former best friend, turned successful lawyer. He brought weakness, pride and failure to the story as a welcome touch of warmth and empathy to the line-up.

 

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But sadly, it wasn’t enough. The characters – especially the lead- didn’t really change from the beginning of the story to the end to end and the impending doom of the town wasn’t enough to create high-stakes needed for an “End of Days” style of story-line.

It’s such a shame that this film didn’t deliver to the benchmarks set by its previous allies. It’s one of those features that sadly makes for a better trailer than a movie. Elements of the story were revealed far too soon and would have served better as a twist in the tale that was revealed in the last fifteen minutes, instead of the first. The script tries admirably to deliver on quotable one liners, but for the most part, they miss the mark, just like that friend at the dinner party cracking daggy dad-jokes.

There were a few genuine “Laugh Out Loud” moments, but this film fails to deliver on the charm that we’ve come to expect from the previous Cornetto installments.

 

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I’m sad to say this, and am bracing myself for a hail of cutlery to rain down upon my head after writing this……

But I can only give this film two pops out of five.

Sorry guys. I wanted it to be great, but it fell short.

 

2 Pops