Friday, September 20, 2013

The World's End

At first glance, Edgar Wright's newest film The World's End seems to be a simple and predictable story of a group of friends trying to survive the night after their town has been taken over by aliens. The film however, the film is anything but simple. Edgar Wright, known for his other genre riffs Shaun of The Dead and Hot Fuzz is known for putting insane amounts of detail into his film along will mass amounts of allusions and references. In The World's End, five friends find themselves trying to recreate a pub crawl that they failed to complete years earlier. At first the pub names seem irrelevant but a close eyed viewer would realize that the name of each pub corresponds with events that take place in said pub. Also hidden in each pub scene is the number corresponding to which number pub they are at in their crawl (the 3rd pub they visit has the number 4 hidden somewhere in the scene such as on signs or the menu. The film has massive amounts of brick jokes, ie. jokes that take a long time for the punchline to hit or finish. In one minor spoiler a character tells people a lie that his mother died only for at the very end of the film a character to mention that his mother died later on. Along with many visual nods and gags there are also lots of spoken gags. In fact in each of Edgar Wright's films save Scott Pilgrim, one character gives a short monologue that will it may not seem it at the time, gives away the entire plot of the film. I don't want to give away any spoilers but I highly recommend watching the film multiple times and listening and watching closely to everything you see on screen as it may..actually will be important later on.

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