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The World’s End

The World’s End (2013)movies-the-worlds-end-poster

Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman

The humorously named “Cornetto Trilogy” rounds off with this final movie centred around an unachieved pub crawl. The Golden Mile pub crawl is one of Newton Haven’s more difficult pub crawls. 12 pubs, 12 pints ending at The World’s End. For a young Gary King (Pegg) he lives his life drinking, smoking doing drugs and sleeping with women in disabled toilets. An attempt at completing the Golden Mile fails and he vows one day to complete it. Fast forward twenty years and Gary King, nearly approaching 40, rounds up the old gang for a pub crawl down memory lane.

Life has definitely changed for everyone excluding Gary. Andy Knightley (Frost) is a tee totaller working for a law firm with a wife. Oliver Chamberlain (Freeman) now works in property. Steven Prince (Paddy Considine) is a builder owning his own business and Peter Page (Eddie Marsan) is a partner in his father’s business and has a young family. For them life has moved on, for Gary King life is the same and he is ready to continue in the same vain in Newton Haven. He meets up with everyone and manages to convince them all to revisit their youth for one last attempt at the Golden Mile, but Newton Haven is not quite what they remembered. The main factor being that the town has now been replaced by robots.

The “Cornetto Trilogy” started life with the hugely popular Sean of the Dead back in 2004 in which Pegg and co. reimagined the zombie genre in comedic form and garnered huge popularity with some of the finest players in the zombie genre industry include the grandfather of the zombie film himself, George A. Romero. This was followed up in 2007 with Hot Fuzz which again proved popular among the fan base with many of the film’s lines and catchphrases being included with the majority of daily conversations in life. To follow on from the trend was going to prove to be difficult as there is now a large population of fans that need to be pleased.

The premise was an interesting one, but also in danger of being taken too far. The buildup to the movie and the camaraderie among the characters in terms of behavior and dialogue was excellent and proved that Pegg’s abilities as a writer as well as a performer are exceptional. There are many of the cast that have appeared in the previous two films in slightly smaller roles that have the opportunity to step up in this movie. For one, Martin Freeman who had small parts in the other two movies shares centre stage with Pegg and Frost to play Oliver and proves his comedy abilities once again in this movie. Paddy Considine also gets the opportunity of more screen time in this movie and thrives to working off the rest of the characters.

There’s a “who’s who” of great British actors that you can spot throughout the film, but the aforementioned danger of taking the story too far unfortunately occurs in the final third of the film and we are left without laughter, but mild bewilderment. The story itself towards the end reveals a darker meaning in possibly the movie’s only real dramatic point where poignancy plays a major part, but the emptiness of the last scenes overstretches the story slightly.

For entertainment value, The World’s End has it all and it will probably also make you fancy a drink. In terms of popularity within the trilogy this will definitely fall into third place, but that should not put the viewer off watching it, for closure more than anything else.

Rating: 6/10




Trance (2013)trance_ver5_xlg

Stars: James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson, Vincent Cassel

Danny Boyle returns to the smaller screen following his heroics on the world stage directing the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics. Based on a 2001 TV movie written and directed by Joe Ahearne, Boyle takes up directorial duties on this reworking of the story with Ahearne returning to re-write the script.

Trance tells the story of Simon (McAvoy) a London art auctioneer who has to react quickly when a gang of criminals plan to steal a painting worth millions. Despite the age old adage that a human life is not worth risking over a painting, Simon’s attempts at heroism leave him hospitalized through concussion. Head of the gang, Franck (Cassel) gets the stolen painting back home and it is soon revealed the canvas is not there.

When Simon returns home it is clear the damage left to his car and flat means that someone is not happy that the painting was missing and when Simon is summoned to a meeting it is revealed that he was working with the gang to aid the robbery, but the blow to the head has caused slight amnesia and Simon cannot remember what he did with the painting.

Simon is then sent to a top hypnotherapist on Harley Street, Elizabeth (Dawson), to try a form of therapy that will help Simon remember the location, but the elements of truth and reality are questioned and loyalties challenged as Simon tries to put the pieces together.

James McAvoy is an outstanding actor. It is easy to tell that from his performances on screen. The quality of his performances and strength and depth of the characters he portrays are simply faultless and his rendition of Simon in this movie is much the same as what we can expect from him. In terms of the quality of the script and the directing, there is nothing wrong with them. The script is strong and well written, but there are moments of question towards the final third where the viewer is left to ponder what is real and what is in Simon’s head which leaves around twenty minutes or so of the story in bewilderment as to what exactly is going on.

Vincent Cassel takes on “bad guy duties” as Franck, the head of the criminal organization that Simon, due to vast amounts of debt, has ended up working for. Cassel’s performance is good, but there’s nothing really that stands out to make the character differ from other criminal heads.

Rosario Dawson plays therapist Elizabeth and her true dedication to the role really shows in certain parts of the storyline and she pushes the boundaries of acting. The scenes in question are important to the main storyline and display true determination of acting.

Boyle’s involvement in the movie is recognisable with a truly stunning overall vision of the storyline captured in true Boyle style. The overall storyline is dark and shocking at times, but cleverly written. It is only due to the confusing theme of therapy and the human mind that leaves scenes baffling the viewer and questioning is what we’re seeing onscreen is really happening or not.

Rating: 6/10