14 March 2015

The World's End

The World’s End 2013
  • Director: Edgar Wright
  • Based on novel: no
  • Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddy Marsan, Rosamund Pike, Pierce Brosnan, David Bradley, Michael Smiley, Mark Heap, Bill Nighy (voice)
  • Personal “oh yeah him/her” reaction, i.e. have seen this actor in:
    • Simon Pegg  Shaun of the Dead, 24 Hour Party People
    • Nick Frost – The Boat that Rocked, Kinky Boots, Shaun of the Dead
    • Martin Freeman – Breaking and Entering, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Shaun of the Dead, Love Actually, Black Books
    • Paddy Considine – My Summer of Love, In America, 24 Hour Party People, Born Romantic
    • Eddy Marsan – Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Merlin (voice of Manticore), Sherlock Holmes, Happy Go Lucky, V for Vendetta, Vera Drake, 21 Grams, Gangs of New York
    • Rosamund Pike – An Education, The Libertine
    • Pierce Brosnan - The Ghost Writer, Mamma Mia, Seraphim Falls, Dante’s Peak, Mars Attacks!, GoldenEye
    • David Bradley – the Harry Potter films, Another Year, Our Mutual Friend, Prick Up Your Ears
    • Michael Smiley – The Other Boleyn Girl, Much Ado About Nothing (retold)
    • Mark Heap – Friday Night Dinner, Good Omens (radio, so voice only), Stardust, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, About a Boy
    • Bill Nighy –  it was only his voice and to tell the truth I didn’t recognise it so I won’t include a list of his film here
  • Why?  The title
  • Seen:  March 7, 2015 

Five middle-aged lads return to their hometown to complete the twelve-pub round they had never managed to complete as teenagers.  The last pub is the World’s End. Four of these men are somewhat successful, with jobs and families. The fifth, Gary King, is still the drunken, lost, wild, free spirit that he always was.
It starts out rather calmly.  But they soon discover that their hometown has been taken over by blue-blooded (literally blue) robots.
And the fun begins.
It’s quite an endearing film really.  Like Shaun of the Dead it’s ridiculous but I find myself clutching the arms of my chair in the excitement and caring what happens to these poor sods.
And the human race, while I’m at it.

3* of 5

P.S. By pure coincidence this is the second film in a two evenings we’ve watched with Pierce Brosnan.

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