The World's End (2013)
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2013 has offered few memorable comedies so far, and this is a genuinely hilarious film. An explosive end to a remarkably consistent trilogy.
Firstly, on a personal note, surprisingly, this was less riotously funny than somber and poignant. It starts very slow then after a while kicks into high gear after a killer scene in a washroom, and just gets better from there, with a really amusing three-part finale. But what sticks with me is just how much the central character dynamics have applied to my own life lately - the inevitable process of getting older and seeing things blend into empty mechanical pastiche, and having the only escape being learning that letting go of childhood is inevitable, and yet how fun forging through uncertainty can potentially be. There's also a real current of how seductive the trend to 'perfection' can be. I guess Frost, Pegg and Wright knew their schtick had an expiration date attached and wisely sought to address their perspective. Overall, just a smidgeon below the other two before it - though there's a fair amount of action and humour, it's still not quite as driven as the other two, but it poses serious and engaging existential questions, particularly for the depressingly bland British urban center - trust me, I live there!
My personal opinion is that if you compare it to the the other films in the Cornetto Trilogy you are obviously going to see some faults that Hot Fuzz or Shaun Of The Dead didn't have. You need to remember though that this is a smart funny British film that still stands above the rest of the films that get released every year. It has the classic Simon Pegg/Nick Frost/Edgar Wright dynamic that has been going strong since Spaced. It has great messages hidden in it's plot and characters and manages to fill it in with some entertaining action scene and dialogue. I thoroughly enjoyed the film.
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