The Good: It's great seeing the minds behind Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz reunited again. And for the most part, The World's End delivers. The strongest elements are the characters and screenplay, this time with Nick Frost playing the straight man to Simon Pegg's wildly irresponsible protagonist.
The dialogue and jokes are quick paced, clever, and often hilarious. The zany plot is fun, but it's not the action that makes the movie so much as it is watching how the characters react to all the things happening to them.
As with Edgar Wright's previous two films, The World's End has some genuinely moving and emotional moments as well. Although the subject of middle age, midlife crises, and happiness are nothing new, this comedy does take time to explore them with some degree of depth.
The Bad: The movie would have been plenty funny with just the endless amount of jokes and verbal jabbing between the main characters. The action, although necessary, almost slows the story down at times. Fight sequences go on a little too long, and the abundance of digital effects got a little tedious. Also, the movie gets a bit carried away with itself by the final act.
Who would like this movie: If you enjoyed Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, you'll definitely want to see this one. The humor and characters are the movie's strongest elements, although the physical comedy has its moments as well. It's fun to see Pierce Brosnan in the picture as Gary King's old high school teacher, but unlike fellow former bond actor Timothy Dalton (who appeared in Hot Fuzz), Brosnan is underutilized.
The ending is a bit far-fetched and a jarring contrast to rest of the story's feel, but Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have an onscreen chemistry that manages to carry the picture through.
(3 out of 4 stars)
Review written by: Joe Yang