I love me some good wordplay and The World’s End is bursting with hilarious dialog. But that isn’t to say the action wasn’t up to par too. All the actors were at their best, especially Pegg and Frost. And it was full of great tie-ins to Wright’s other two films in his “trilogy”, though they risk moving from “signatures” to “evidence of a lack of ideas.” But not yet. Right now they’re still delicious icing on an even more tasty cake.
I have a love-hate relationship with trailers. The creator of this trailer is some sort of marketing wizard. It’s as though they created an awesome trailer, and then someone filled in the rest of the movie with the muck that made up the majority of this film. It was full of confusing scripting/editing choices, often ignoring potential to pursue its disjointed script. Kristen Stewart was awful (and certainly not “The Fairest”), Thor was barely acceptable, and Charlize Theron’s Queen seemed forced, though I blame the dialog and director.
Though most have concluded that Tintin is an animated version of Spielberg’s own Indiana Jones, for me it felt more like a close mimicry of all the other Indiana Jones clones than the source itself. Most notably, the complicated yet flowing action scenes, where the landscape is literally falling apart, reminded me of the Uncharted video games. There was certainly enough adventure and wit to make the movie good, but not quite enough to make it notable.
I like the other Simon Pegg/Nick Frost buddy flicks and this one was similar thematically and structurally. I loved the subtle sci-fi references and some of the not-so-subtle ones too. Much of the humor was based on the tried and true rule of “cursing is funny” which is a rule to which I subscribe. Unfortunately, the story starts in Comic-Con, which brought up recent personal frustrations. But, of course, I’m not still harboring resentment at all…