December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

If you are interested in contacting me, you can do so by commenting on any of the posts. The blog will remain live on the web.
Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

December 6, 2013

The World's End (2013)

When it's over, the title has a double meaning, but that's as deep as this film gets. After 20 years, five friends (Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine and Eddie Marsang), revisit their hometown to fulfill a failed pub crawl – drinking at 12 pubs in one night – which ends at a fabled bar called The World’s End. The task is not as easy as it seems, when they realize their old stomping grounds are inhabited by robots in human form.  What follows is a lot of decapitations, severed limbs, and blue blood.  There are some funny moments, mostly derived from silly behavior and dark British humor. If you are a fan of Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007), this film is a must-see, as the actors re-unite in their third screen outing to fight for the future of mankind. The World’s End is a departure from the previous two films with the inclusion of more special effects, blending a mixture of science fiction and the post-apocalyptic world. The fight choreography delivers the comical edge as it is meant to do. There is even romance to hook in the female audience. Alas, it cannot compete with Shaun, and I don’t think it tries to. It does stand decently well on its own, though. If you want a fun film to pass the time without too much depth, Pegg and his mates will keep you smiling to the world’s end.

My rating: 3.5 out of 5

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