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The World's End (2013)

Comedy | 109 minutes
2,98 1.080 votes

Genre: Comedy / Scifi

Duration: 109 minuten

Country: United Kingdom / United States / Japan

Directed by: Edgar Wright

Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Rosamund Pike

IMDb score: 6,9 (299.124)

Releasedate: 18 July 2013

The World's End plot

"Good food. Fine ales. Total Annihilation."

After twenty years, five childhood friends have a reunion. 40-year-old Gary drags his friends back to their hometowns and is determined to recreate the pub crawl to the local pub, 'The World's End'. As they try to revive the past, they realize the real challenge lies in the future. And not just for them, but for all of humanity. It turns out that reaching 'The World's End' is the last thing they have to worry about.

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avatar van Chainsaw

Chainsaw

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Remains a remarkably low score, here. In any case, I notice that no matter how often I watch The World's End, it always makes me ridiculously happy. As far as I'm concerned, a perfect ending to Wright's Cornetto trilogy, perhaps one of the best film trilogies out there.

Pegg plays the part of his life as Gary King, who is way too caught up in the past and not to be argued with. It remains amazing how King could easily have been a one-dimensional character, but besides being hilarious he is a very intriguing figure, which you eventually get a lot of sympathy for. Nick Frost is allowed to show himself from a different side in this third Cornetto and - unlike his role in Shaun and Hot Fuzz - does not play the dumbass, but the serious boring burger bitch, where deep inside there is still a Neanderthal hidden . The rest of the group of friends is also great fun, with businessman Martin Freeman, the slick Paddy Considine and the likeable quiet bum Eddie Marsan. The first half hour of the film, in which the group of friends is reunited and they start the pub crawl in their old hometown, is - thanks to this colorful quintet - wonderful to watch.

Gradually the film takes a different turn and the less you know about it beforehand, the better. Edgar Wright has a few nice sequences in store and directs action that many action directors can still suck at. The whole thing is way over the top, but the characters remain the main focus. The pace is very high; the sharp one-liners, adrenaline-boosting action, witty injokes and bone-dry characters fly to your ears at jet speed, thanks in part to Wright's always tight editing and aided by an appropriate soundtrack. In that respect, The World's End has all the ingredients to make you very happy. At the end you feel as a viewer as if you have thrown down twelve beers yourself.

4.5 stars.

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avatar van coumi

coumi

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Not much better or worse than the previous collaborations between director Wright and the comedy duo Pegg/Frost. Like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, touchingly overblown, which works quite well. I had fun with this print, but it will never win the originality prize, because it's really only a slight variation on the aforementioned films. It also doesn't help that the main character Gary is a pretty annoying and tiresome idler, who is not portrayed too subtly by the usually reliable Pegg. Fortunately, he gets strong counterplay from the experienced cast in the supporting roles, who ensure that this deliciously absurd story also remains somewhat human. Just fun without flying very high.

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Roger Thornhill

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As a big fan of Shaun of the dead, Hot fuzz (both 5*) and Simon Pegg (seen quite recently in the great Man up ) I was all set to enjoy this third part of the unofficial trilogy as much as its two predecessors, and the first half didn't disappoint either, with five perfect actors, several successful jokes and a sharp editing. But after the twist, there are too many fight scenes that just aren't that exciting, and the way the plot unfolds and the aliens are chased off is extremely static and very lame. That's why I think this is the least of the three, still above average fun and funny thanks to the first half, but as a whole not of the level I hoped and expected from this renewed collaboration between the director and his two main protagonists.
By the way, Paco Delavega's favorite soundtrack moment is 20 seconds to comply by Silver Bullet, but I myself got goosebumps when suddenly the brilliant [i]So young[ /i] could be heard from Suede.

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