The Worlds End: 5/10

The World's End poster.jpgRecently me and my friends attended a screening of the entire “Cornetto Trilogy”, which for those of you who don’t know, consists of the superb “Shaun Of the Dead”, the equally brilliant “Hot Fuzz” and the newest addition “The Worlds End”. I don’t know if the fact I watched the first two before hand made the bar The Worlds End had to aim for just too high, or if my brain had fatigued too much from 5 hours in a cinema when it finally started (at midnight). But in my opinion, this highly anticipated conclusion to Edgar Wrights trilogy failed to match my expectations. It wasn’t awful, but for me I found it really difficult to relate to, or like, the protagonist  Gary King (played by Simon Pegg). There is no getting round it, Gary is a knob. He gets his friends into bother, he lied about his mothers death to start a pub crawl and refused to accept responsibility for anything. This instantly makes me want him to fail. Harsh…..maybe, but in both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz the characters played by Simon Pegg have had their issues; be it a lack of motivation to improve his life, or being too uptight about his job and being unable to switch off, in both films however the protagonist develops into a reformed character and you are glad for it. The Worlds End however, concludes with a drunken speech from a Gary King that is still full of the same crap that he’s been spitting out through the whole film. Almost no character progression at all leaves a sense of “whats the point” about the whole thing. That said the brilliant cast, and always perfect pairing of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost,  make this film enjoyable and funny at times, but whilst we are on the subject; Andy Knightly (played by Nick Frost) was again a bizarre change from the his normal and popular characters. In both of the first two films Nick plays a simple but lovable character. In The Worlds End however he plays a fairly successful business man who is intelligent and seems to have a pretty good grasp of everything around him. In my opinion this made him less enjoyable and, without wishing to spoil key parts of the film, at one point Andy’s entire attitude towards drinking (which he has maintained for some years) changes without seemingly any reason. I think however it is fair to say that what let this film down the most was the Narrative. All 3 of the Cornetto Trilogy films are ridiculous (as are a lot of good comedies) but there is something about this one that made me keep repeating the phrase “oh forget the fuc*@ng pub crawl and just run!”. But never mind. I think on reflection, had I not been really tired, and had I not seen the better two parts of this trilogy in the hours leading up to The Worlds End, I may have enjoyed it more. However, less relatable or likable characters and a far weaker story would stop me rating the film up there with its older brothers. A good cast and some laughs along the way however, mean I would say it’s a decent all round comedy, that is just about above average.

The Worlds End- Final Score: 5/10,

Decent, but simply does not come anywhere near the other two films in the Cornetto trilogy!

(Image from:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World%27s_End_(film))

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The Conjuring: 4/10

ImageSo, I have decided to start my blogging career with a review of the last film I had the misfortune of spending my own money to see. That was The Conjuring, and let me firstly say that it’s not the concept or even the narrative that I have a problem with here; it’s the increasingly popular belief that shouting BOO! at the screen is what makes a good horror film. To me a good horror film should unhinge your mind and leave you feeling like the world you live in could all turn at any moment. For instance in Steven Kings classic “IT” the fear generated didn’t come from jump scares or extreme close ups or low rumbles building up to slammed doors and loud screams, it came from the idea that sometimes the thing to fear is our own imagination and the places it can take us. This concept is lasting. It can stick with you, just as it has with me since I understood it for the first time. The jump scares that The Conjuring repeatedly throws up however, may give a certain atmosphere in the cinema, and they might make you move suddenly in your seat, but shortly after leaving you are likely to forget about the narrative or the characters, and  instead remember only the moment the guy next to you Sh*t himself at the jump scares. funny yes, but not scary, and not lasting. To the films credit though, it does at least attempt to keep the audience engaged, with a family story that tugs at the hearts strings, as you just about care enough to hope they don’t get possessed or something like that. Over the entire film though, it isn’t enough to make up for the cheap jump scares that everyone has already seen a million times. If you are looking for an original concept that will keep you scared when you think about it months later, then you are better off looking elsewhere. If however, you want to laugh at the more nervously disposed in your friendship group, then yes, by all means go and have a laugh. But, when you pick up the DVD with a £5 sticker on it in HMV in 5 months time (which trust me, you will) I would strongly advice you purchase The Woman In Black instead. as at least then you get the same cheap jump scares, with the added pleasure of being able to make Harry Potter jokes.

The Conjuring- Final Score: 4/10,

Generic horror with decent acting, but you’re almost certainly going to forget about it by next week.

(Image from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Conjuring)

Lights, Camera, Action!

Finally! After 1 whole year of telling friends and family that I am going to kick start my career as a film critic by setting up a blog, my girlfriend has made me one (wow I’m lazy) Moaning, criticism, awful grammar and occasionally…………very occasionally praise: this blog will have it all, as I dive into the endless sea’s of world cinema and media. I can’t wait to get started!