Alien invasion movies are usually terrifying and full of suspense. But what happens when comedy is introduced? You get “The World’s End”, a movie that tries to be an alien invasion movie with an interesting story, but feels predictable nonetheless. The movie has an interesting premise but goes on longer than it should. “The World’s End” may appeal to fans of British humor, but the end result is just adequate.
The story has five male friends trying to complete a long pub crawl in their home town. When they get to their home town, things have changed. This mainly includes the people, who before recognized the group, have no recollection of them at all. It turns out that the residents have been transformed into robots and all they want everyone to be normal and peaceful and have a complete blank outlook on life. The chaps do not like this and turn to violence to stop any robots from completing their goal of reaching the last pub: The World’s End.
“The World’s End” is entertaining, but one can anticipate what is going to happen next. The acting is good as the main cast that includes Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, and Eddie Marsan all do a fantastic job with their characters. Speaking of the characters, they are pretty memorable and have a unique personality to each one. The direction by Edgar Wright is unique as he knows where to coordinate the action and the actors that are on screen. The music is a great blend of of songs from the late 80s, to early 90s rock. But the comedy is where the movie lies. The whole film is a direct parody of alien invasion flicks, but with a more British flavor. In fact, this is the third film of the so-called Cornetto Trilogy. The other flicks are “Shaun of the Dead”, which parodied zombie movies, and “Hot Fuzz”, which parodied cop films. As a standalone film, and from one who has not seen either “Shaun of the Dead’, nor “Hot Fuzz”, “The World’s End” is good, but not up to the hype.
Which is one of a few problems that the movie has going for it. If you haven’t seen the first two movies in the Cornetto Trilogy, You might be confused at what is being referenced. Next, as this is a British film, some of the humor may not be acceptable with American audiences. Finally, the story is pretty predictable, in both comedy and sci-fi terms. It’s not terrible by all means, but it could have been easily improved.
In conclusion, “The World’s End” is a good attempt at an alien invasion movie, but you might have seen it done before in other movies.