Tuesday, March 11, 2014

The World’s End




Why I Saw This Movie/ My History with this Movie/***Spoiler Warning****:
          I saw and enjoyed Shaun of the Dead years ago.  I had heard from some people that this movie was from the same team that did Shaun of the Dead, and I also had this film highly recommended by some friends.  That was the only information I went into this film with, and so the various plot twists took me completely by surprise—which is the best way to view this movie, by the way, so if you haven’t seen it yet, don’t read this review any further.

The Review
          Admittedly, this film just retreads the same premise from Shaun of the Dead (a comedy about people being more concerned about their petty personal problems than about the zombie apocalypse), and just replaces “body snatchers” for “zombies”.  But I loved Shaun of the Dead and had more than enough goodwill left in the tank to enjoy this film as well.  The film can be hilarious, but also very clever—for example the way the back story is integrated into the film. It does a good job of integrating completely normal relatable human problems (mid-life crisis) with science fiction absurdity.

8 out of 10 Stars

Link of the Day 
Noam Chomsky on Syria, US Foreign Policy 
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2 comments:

angrysoba said...

Ha ha! I'm glad you liked this film. I also went in completely unprepared for what was going to happen in the film and expected that it was simply going to be a melodrama about a group of guys struggling to reconcile their hedonistic youth and fantasies with their mostly sober middle-aged reality. It was enjoyable enough to keep watching, but became even more entertaining when the twists started happening. Good movie!

Joel said...

Yeah, that was my reaction as well. I was just thinking: Oh great, so this is just going to be a boring movie about a mid-life crisis. I wonder why everyone had been recommending this movie so highly to me

But it was just interesting enough to keep watching. And then when all of a sudden the film took a left turn into science fiction absurdity, it just took me completely by surprise--but in a really good way.