Wright doesn’t get world’s end right

The World’s End lacks the brilliance of director Edgar Wright’s previous two creations.
The World’s End lacks the brilliance of director Edgar Wright’s previous two creations.

The science fiction comedy tries to combine the best elements of its successors ” the fast-paced dialogue and cinematography of Hot Fuzz and the dystopia parody narrative of Shaun of the Dead ” but fails.

The World’s End is about four, middle-aged former high school friends reuniting to tackle the ‘golden mile’ of pubs in their hometown prompted by group leader Gary King, played by Simon Pegg, only to discover the town has been taken over by an alien race of robots.

With predictable twists and King as an unlikable anti-hero, The World’s End lacks the subtle brilliance of director and co-writer Edgar Wright’s previous two creations.

While the script is jam packed with hilarious one-liners and supported by a great cast, with outstanding performances from Hot Fuzz star Paddy Considine and Eddie Marsan, it seems Wright should have relied more on his actors rather than CGI. The saviour is Nick Frost’s character Andy, King’s former wing man, and the other friend’s back stories and reactions to coming home.