Verdict: The World’s End was not nearly as good as Shaun of the Dead, but it was almost as good as Hot Fuzz. The best part of the movie was the opening scene when I realized that the actress sitting next to Simon Pegg was the woman who played “Mary” in Shaun of the Dead. I recognized her at the same time as my spouse, who shouted, “There’s a girl in the garden!” while I yell-whispered, “Hey, it’s Mary!” We were (rightfully) shushed, but it was worth it. My spouse and I make a good team because we both have an incurable addiction to movies.
I saw three movies in the theater this weekend: The Butler, Blue Jasmine, and The World’s End. They were all excellent, but I only had time to do my zombie review on one of them, and I chose The World’s End because it was already apocalyptic-ish. And I couldn’t exactly turn Oprah into a zombie. You have to respect Lady O!
If you’re a fan of Edgar Wright’s work, then you’ll definitely enjoy The World’s End. The strongest part of this movie, like all of Wright’s films, was the dialogue. The drunken banter in this movie was exceptional, and it made you forget about the holes in the plot. The movie follows a group of five grown men who revisit their high school town to go on a drinking binge to accomplish one of their childhood goals: to have a pint at every bar on the Golden Mile, which is a stretch of twelve bars in the small town of Newton Haven.
Everything seems to be going well during the pub crawl until the group arrives at the fourth bar, where the five friends are attacked by aliens who have taken over the bodies of the Newton Haven residents (creepy stuff). Naturally, there are still many laughs to be had after the aliens take over, but there are several plot holes that left me scratching my head. Of course, this movie was more about the laughs than the plot, so it wasn’t a huge deal.
While watching The World’s End, I had to insert zombies into the plot because it’s one of my favorite pastimes. It was easy to imagine zombies gracing the scenes of this movie; I just had to replace the blue filled aliens with flesh eating zombies. Easy peasy! If The World’s End was a zombie movie, this is how it should have turned out:
Turn: I would have liked to see Oliver (played by Martin Freeman) turn into a zombie. I didn’t have anything against his character, but he’s just so darn cute that I’d be curious to see how he’d look as a zombie. My guess: adorable!
Get Eaten: I think Gary (played by Simon Pegg) should have been eaten by a zombie. Not that I didn’t love his character, he was just so drunk throughout the whole movie that he wouldn’t have felt a thing if he was devoured by zombies.
Kill: I would have wanted Andy (played by Nick Frost) to kill a zombie. At the beginning of the movie, he was a bit of a square, but halfway through he turned into a badass. He was killing aliens left and right with his bare hands. You don’t get to see zombies killed in hand-to-hand combat very often (mostly because of the dangers of being bitten), so it would have been really cool to see Andy tear apart a zombie with his bare hands.
The World’s End is hilarious, and it’s even more enjoyable if you’ve had a few drinks before the movie (just a suggestion). I recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys funny post-apocalyptic movies. Even if you don’t get to see this one in the theater, you should at least catch it when it comes out on DVD.
I give The World’s End 4 out of 5 brains.