Martin Freeman is my favorite out of the bunch for his portrayal of John Watson in the BBC show Sherlock, as well as for his role as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit trilogy. His performance in this film isn’t tremendous though. He is fine, but after watching Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and this one, I think it’s fair to assume I prefer his more-serious roles more.
I have wanted to see this film for a while. This is for a number of reasons, whether it be the critical response or the fact that I enjoyed the British films released in 2012 like Sightseers and Seven Psychopaths and I was hoping this would be a similar comedic approach.
I was correct in this assessment because the film definitely has a similar wit and outlandishness to Seven Psychopaths, but I don’t believe that it came close to matching it. (I really liked Seven Psychopaths.) I will say The World’s End is better than Sightseers though.
The film follows Gary King, an alcoholic that is looking for some enablers and an excuse to have a good time. In his search, he thinks back to the time of when he and his friends nearly completed an epic pub crawl featuring twelve major pubs, properly dubbed the Golden Mile. Unfortunately, however, they never finished. From there, it follows a group of old friends that once more try to make it through the ringer and to the last pub.
It takes a sharp turn when they discover that most of the town has been taken over by aliens, however.
The World’s End starts with a terrific performance from the leading man, Simon Pegg. The Gary King character is witty, beyond flawed and irreverent to a fault, but it’s all what makes the character so entertaining. Everybody else mostly pales in-comparison. Nick Frost’s role as Andy is something to be desired. I didn’t really enjoy his humor and found him a little more unnecessary at times than anything. Nevertheless, it is all about Gary King’s wit in this movie, and when the camera is pointed in his way, as it often is, the movie is allowed to really prosper.
As far as the story goes, honestly, I wish they never would have introduced the aliens at all. I am all for left-field storytelling and I like it as much as the next guy, but this seemed more out-of-place with the themes than anything. I would have really preferred if this movie would have focused on the chemistry between the characters and the main-protagonist eventually either coming to grips with his alcoholism and/or taking some of the themes done in the end in a different way. This would have meant the film was less newsworthy, but I think it would have been a lot more entertaining.
The moment they introduced the aliens, I felt like my interest actually started to take a hit. It wasn’t a switch that magically turned off and killed the film, but when the attention shifted, I noticed that my interest did as well. After a while, it became cluttered and more chaotic than I wanted for it to be.
In conclusion, I enjoyed The World’s End. I liked the charm and charisma of the lead-character, and the rest of the cast had their moments as well. And although I feel like it would have been even better minus some of the chaos, further depth and focus on the chemistry of the characters, what the film brings to the table is enjoyable as well.
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