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Friday, August 23, 2013

FIGHTS...AND (BLUE) BLOOD - REVIEW: 'The World's End' Ridiculous fun

Bowie V. Ibarra

'The World's End' is a hilarious final entry of the 'Cornetto Trilogy' (named for the Euro ice cream cone that appears in the three movies).  Pegg and Frost deliver the same wild comedy that made 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz' hits.  And even though the story drags on a little too long, its still an outstanding and funny movie.

Without giving too much away, Pegg plays Gary King, an alcoholic who has yet to live down his young days of triumph.  His friends, who once made a run at the 'Golden Mile' (a 12 pub-run in their hometown), have gone on to be successes in life.  King floundered, but had an epiphany that for him to move forward, he must take one more run at the 'Golden Mile'.

In a quick and funny 'Blues Brothers'-esque 'Putting the Band Back Together' bit, the friends go into the hometown to discover that things have changed even more than they ever expected.

The movie was entertaining enough to ignore a certain ridiculous plot element that propelled the film forward.  In spite of that, it was still a lot of fun.  There's even an epic fight scene in which Nick Frost hits a 'La Atlantida' on an enemy.  It was awesome!

 It eventually takes on a legendary air of 'The Odyssey', especially when they end up at 'The Mermaid', and things play out very much like the old legend.

But since you hang on for the ridiculous premise that propels the film forward, it was no surprise when the big finish ended as preposterously as it did.  But it did it with passion and British wit suited for a Monty Python sketch.

As per the reputation of trilogies, 'The World's End' might not be the best of the series.  But it is completely worth your time and money to check out for the laughs.  It was worth every penny in laughs and is completely approved.

If you liked 'Shaun of the Dead', you need to check out the 'Down the Road' zombie horror trilogy from Permuted Press and Simon and Schuster today in paperback or Kindle.  It's the series Johnathan Mayberry said, '...kicks undead ass.'

Get Down the Road, Down the Road: On the Last Day, and Down the Road: The Fall of Austin.  Pick them up in paperback or Kindle today.


BOWIE V. IBARRA earned his BFA in Acting and MA in Theatre History from Texas State University.  Network with Bowie at his official website, today.

1 comment:

  1. Completely agree. Thought The World's End was the weakest of the three movies, but it was still just a great ride. Looking forward to Edgar Wright's take on Ant-Man. Thoughts?