This year is about to end, and movie-wise, it has been a very interesting one; albeit not as good as we expected it to be.
There have been a number of big titles but very few delivered (Iron Man 3, Star Trek: Into Darkness, Man of Steel, The Wolverine, Fast 6, The Hangover 3, Monsters University, After Earth, Prisioners, Gravity.)
Don’t get me wrong, some of them have been good but not great. Others, simply disappointing.
I am a big defender that there is no absolute truth with movies such as Monsters University, The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug and Gravity featuring high on my list. But without further ado, here is my winner of the year; The World's End
It may not be the biggest blockbuster. It may not be a complete international success in box office. It may not even be the best of the trilogy. But The World´s End didn't disappoint. It was everything we wanted it to be; fun, hilarious, entertaining, thoroughly written, amazingly performed, and very well crafted. All those things are in combat almost any flaw (perhaps it goes a bit down on the third act, just to be reborn again on the epilogue!)
In case you haven´t seen it yet, (you already have the movie on DVD and Blu Ray, so I), The World´s End is a sci-fi story about friendship. A group of old friends reunite after a long time, in their old town, to try the finish an old task of getting to the World´s End in an epic twelve bar pub crawl. Unfortunately, their efforts are scuppered when they unearth an alien invasion.
Behind the jokes and the astonishing comedy, everyone of the three stories of the trilogy (as well as the TV show Spaced) faithfully keeps the order and elements from a good script. Every scene in incredibly well linked to the next one.
The first rule of writing is to write about what you know, and they´ve done that superbly. So there may be zombies, cops and invasions, but above all, normal mates discovering themselves under extraordinary circumstances while creating stronger bonds to their friendship.
Nothing is there by chance. Just have a look to the names of the pubs and the symbolism of what happens in them.
Should I mention the spectacular cast of actors? Masters of humour performing amazing roles. And not just the main cast (Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Marsan and Paddy Considine) but also all the cameos, who also appeared in the other movies.
The World's End, the final chapter of the Cornetto Trilogy, is, by its own merits, my film of 2013.