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Kate ([personal profile] kate_nepveu) wrote2013-09-14 10:21 pm
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The World's End (movie)

While we were on vacation in Baltimore, we went to see The World's End, the pub crawl/not-so-stealth SF movie by the team who did Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. The trailer made this look entirely not my thing—dudes going back to their hometown to attempt to finish an epic pub crawl of their lamented youth, with lots of fight scenes, whatever—but I read spoilers because that's a thing I do, and as I thought from those, I did end up liking it.

I don't think it gives away too much to say that the rosy, nostalgia-laden description of the first pub crawl at the opening of the movie . . . is revealed to be given by one of the now-middle-aged participants in a group therapy session, Gary. The movie really does kind of a remarkable job in communicating that, actually, it is sad that Gary regards that never-finished pub crawl as the lost opportunity of his life, the high point to which he wishes to return, and that he is not in fact a very healthy person. (In a sympathetic way, not a point-and-laugh, meanspirited way.)

The fight scenes were still kind of long, and its portrayal of female characters is not very good, but it is funny and it has nice details, like the pub names and what happens in each. (If you like beer, though, be prepared to come out with a terrible thirst.)

And now, SPOILERS.

Because of the spoilers, I spotted when Martin Freeman's character was replaced right away. It's eventually clear before the reveal, of course.

To me, the apocalyptic end of the movie is something like, "Yes, you can be all individualistic and free-spirited, but there are consequences to that, and you have to live with them." Which is a cut above what I usually expect from this kind of scenario and I'm fine with it (again, I'd read spoilers, but I didn't quite grasp how this particular bit would play out on the screen).

Chad pointed out a really nice touch, that the bit with Gary and the whatever-they-called-them (Blanks?) ordering water in the bar is a callback to Andy's comment earlier.

Trailers: dire. We had:

  • A pair of movies about white boys doing bad things, with women solely as sexually-alluring decoration (The Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle);
  • Tired humiliation comedy with a women-as-property premise (Ride-Along);
  • A Jackass movie, really, these are still being made?! (Bad Grandpa);
  • And a horror movie, during which I got distracted trying to decide if the unsafe crib arrangement shown was a hint it was in the past, a hint about the parents, or just the filmmakers choosing the expected visual over demonstrating proper safety (probably the latter) (Insidious 2).

    (For those unfamiliar with current practice: no pillows, blankets, stuffed animals, padding, etc. in cribs of infants, just a baby and a fitted sheet. Also, you put them down on their backs until they're old enough to roll over on their own.)

So, I suspect that's my last movie until either Catching Fire or the next Hobbit installment, whichever we can get to first.

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[personal profile] rysmiel 2013-09-15 03:54 am (UTC)(link)
Gary is exactly the same age as me, and I was very into the Sisters of Mercy at 17 (and still rate them fairly highly) and would probably have dressed like that had I disposable income, so that connected fairly close to home (though drinking to anything like that scale of excess has never been my thing.) I felt it was very strong on character and dialogue but still wasn't quite following through so well as Hot Fuzz at that level (can't well compare it to Shaun of the Dead, I've only seen that once in the cinema when it first came out and that was a while back) and the particular filmed-SF things it was doing in the latter part and the ending are not ones I find enjoyable (what's uniquely worth having about humans being that we're bolshie bastards who make a fuss about values of freedom that entail actively doing ourselves harm is a trope I despise). And I am not entirely sure that the very ending got the balance between letting the world burn and Gary getting to live his dream for the rest of his life right. Gary is a well-depicted not very healthy person, though I think he gets a bit more sympathy than I am entirely comfortable with, and it was nice to see Simon Pegg and Nick Frost pretty much swapping the kinds of roles they played in the first two films. And the music was spot on throughout; I spent most of the film feeling mild narrative tension about whether there would actually be any Sisters in it, but the usage of the choral opening to "This Corrosion" was perfect. (And is it just me or was the actor playing Gary at seventeen just bloody gorgeous ?)

I think I got somewhat luckier with trailers; at least, there were two for movies I knew I wanted to see (Machete Kills and Thor 2) and one that made me feel sympathetic to the idea of seeing a film I'd not previously heard of (The Fifth Estate).

Edited 2013-09-15 04:06 (UTC)
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[personal profile] skygiants 2013-09-15 04:20 am (UTC)(link)
To me, the apocalyptic end of the movie is something like, "Yes, you can be all individualistic and free-spirited, but there are consequences to that, and you have to live with them."

Yeah, I actually found that really interesting -- like, the whole alien thing was such an intervention metaphor, and I spent a few minutes worrying that the message was "no, fuck interventions, they interfere with your chance to be a FREE SPIRIT," and then it turns out that actually, no, the point is that you might lose something if you accept the restrictions but you also lose a heck of a lot if you don't.
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[personal profile] telophase 2013-09-16 04:12 pm (UTC)(link)
And it's all that in the context of a modern Arthurian Grail quest.
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[personal profile] sasha_feather 2013-09-17 03:39 am (UTC)(link)
I won't see the Jackass movie--they aren't my thing-- but I laughed so so hard at the Bad Grandpa trailer. :O