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Quick-Thoughts: Edgar Wright’s The World’s End (2013)

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I love Simon Pegg’s character in The World’s End, and the actor has even mentioned that it’s his favorite out of all his personas in the trilogy. Dressed in all black, stuck in the past, and has only the saddening idea of “closure” to push him through life. I can only hope that’s not me in a few more decades. Or maybe, I don’t? 

The World’s End falls in between a Hot Fuzz meets Shaun of the Dead sort of ordeal—AKA, a secretly crazy cult town meets an invasion of machine-brained humans. In hindsight, maybe that’s what makes it the weakest of the bunch. The madness of the picture isn’t built-up enormously through a delicate timeline. In fact, the film has a new formula for this series: just immediately throw twists and turns out of nowhere and let the madness just keep expanding from there on out. Thus, it’s certainly not classified information that the mystery of the third entry in Edgar Wright’s trilogy doesn’t nearly have as resourceful of execution compared to the two previous Cornetto movies, but one thing is for damn certain: it still makes for a fine time and a fine conclusion. 

And a quick mention of the grand finale in The World’s End, which is essentially just this hilariously casual philosophical argument between the protagonists and antagonist of the film. Without a shadow of a doubt, this is one of the most spine-splitting sequences conducted under Wright yet. 

Verdict: B-

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“The World’s End” is now available to stream on YouTube, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, and Amazon Prime.

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