Donate Now to Support KDHX

Listen Live
Sunday, 25 August 2013 13:23

'The World's End' is not half-bad; also not half-good

'The World's End' is not half-bad; also not half-good
Written by Martha K. Baker
Rate this item
(0 votes)

About this Media...

"The World's End" is not half-bad. The Britcom part, that is, the first half, is hilariously funny with lines a-poppin' all over the place. Then the zombies appear, and the lines fade to loud violence. If you like zombies, you'll like the second half of this film.

 If you don't like zombies, you might as well leave after the first half because the second half is bloody ripe with the little beasts.

Anyone who hiccuped with joy over the first two films in the so-called Cornetto series, "Hot Fuzz" and "Shaun of the Dead," knows what to expect. The writers and directors, old-time friends and cohorts -- Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright, and Nick Frost -- reconvene for "The World's End." And it's boys' night out in Newton Haven, their hometown and home of the first roundabout. The boys have "a date with amber." One night, five guys, 12 pubs. They're going to see it through to the bitter end -- or the lager end. Pick your poison.

The first moments of the third movie of the trilogy are taken up with introducing the pod of pals. The leader is Gary King, who makes many a pun on his surname and who is never ever wrong and who does not see that trait as a problem. The followers -- with varying degrees of hesitancy -- are Andy, Steven, Peter and Oliver. They were close-knit as teens, suds-sodden troublemakers, young men hellbent on making a pub crawl memorable. The only thing is that they made it to 11 pubs in town except the last one, portentously named The World's End.

Here they are at 40 on June 22, 1990, all grown up or refusing to be. They are, once again, drawn together by Gary King's royal commandment that they must crawl from pub to pub. Along the way, however, things start to be more worrisome than their being too old for such shenanigans. Some of these bars start to look an awful lot alike as if, says one, "they've been Starbucked!" Also, some of the other pub crawlers are not as whimsical as our lads, who are not too busy sucking suds to notice zombie oddities.

Simon Pegg is acute as Gary King -- although King's teeth should be in worse shape after the life he's led. Nick Frost is funny as Andy. Martin Freeman, known for his work as a Hobbit, is delightful as buttoned-down Oliver. Paddy Considine is appropriately woebegone as Steve. And Eddie Marsden is a sly fox as Peter Page. Rosamund Pike plays one of the only woman about Newton Haven, a tomboy named Sam.

While everyone's having a jolly good time, the film descends into zombie hell. Like it or not.

Sponsor Message

Become a Sponsor

Find KDHX Online

KDHX on Instagram
KDHX on YouTube
KDHX on SoundCloud
KDHX on Facebook
KDHX on Twitter
KDHX on flickr

Local Artist Spotlight

The Driftaways

Mon July 28
The Driftaways are a seven man reggae band hailing from St. Louis. Their E.P. Don't Hide is full of high energy jams and groovey improves that gives them a good time vibe. Download their song "Don't Hide"…

Dad Jr: Get Down. Hard.

Sun June 29

KDHX Recommends


Bradford Lee Folk & The Bluegrass Playboys

Bradford Lee Folk & The Bluegrass Playboys KDHX presents Bradford Lee Folk & The Bluegrass Playboys at The Stage, July 31 at 8pm. Tickets available online.   Born in Louisiana and raised in Missouri, Folk remembers watching his Dad pick the country blues on a...


The Aching Hearts at Harvest Sessions 2014

The Aching Hearts at Harvest Sessions 2014 The Aching Hearts are the husband and wife duo of Ryan Spearman and Kelly Wells (host of Steam-Powered Radio on 88.1 KDHX), who recently released the CD "Just a Habit." Join them and KDHX for a morning of classic, old-time...


Discovery Series: Mandolin Orange

Discovery Series: Mandolin Orange KDHX presents Mandolin Orange as part of the Discovery Series on Wednesday August 6 at 7:30 p.m. The North Carolina-based duo combines bluegrass, rock and country, providing a modern take on age-old styles. Tickets available...

Online Users

11 users and 9066 guests online
Sign in with Facebook


Login/My Account

Sign in with Facebook