The World's End is a funny movie. I found few moments where I wasn't laughing during the movie's running time. I definitely enjoyed the movie. However, I find myself struggling to care too much about it. Everything about the movie just seems so familiar to me. I just can't seem to find a reason to need to go back to it or think too much about it.
Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Edgar Wright make up the three connections to three different, but in some ways similar movies of which The World's End is a part of. It all started with the movie Shaun of the Dead which tackled the zombie genre. Then there was Hot Fuzz which tackled buddy cops, corruption, and conspiracies. Both were comical takes on their genres that I enjoyed. Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead were both funny in a different enough genre that I enjoyed both without them seeming too similar. The World's End, for me, doesn't quite make this happen. The World's End seems too familiar to me. Nothing in it really surprises me. If it had been the first of these three movies to come out I may have felt more strongly about this movie. As it stands, however, I enjoy it, but can't muster up too much excitement for it.
There are fun, surprising, well, not so surprising if you've seen the trailer or the previous movies made by this trio, elements that come during the second half of this movie. These elements are funny, but are not my favorite part of the movie. My favorite part of the movie comes in the drama that you may not expect from a comedy. The movie's characters have real problems that are more genuinely dramatic than funny at times. I really liked this aspect of the movie and just wish it was fleshed out more. There are elements to the drama in the movie that were too vague for me. I wanted a further exploration of this drama to really give the movie something beyond the fun, but fleeting laughs of the movie.
So what is The World's End about? Five friends reunite 20 years after attempting and failing to finish a 12 pub pub crawl and attempt the same pub crawl once again. The last pub of the crawl is called The World's End. If they can make it there than they will have completed their goal, but The World's End pub may be more literal than they have any idea of.
The credits of the movie thank Jackie Chan and once you see some of the stuff that goes on inside these pubs you may understand the need for this thanks. A lot of the humor in the movie comes from stuff that would fit right in in a Jackie Chan movie. Edgar Wright and his crew have always been good at blending genres and here it is no different.
Overall, The World's End is an entertaining film, but not one that has stuck with me for very long. I don't feel the need to re-watch it and don't think I will do so anytime soon. It's still a good movie, however, and it is by no means a bad way to spend 109 minutes. I just don't think the fun will last much longer than that.