Last evening, per the recommendation of one of you lot, ol’ Robbo sat down to watch The World’s End.
Somehow or other it had completely escaped me that this film was made by Edgar Wright, the same fellah who did Shaun of the Dead (which is also in my Netflix queue). So I really didn’t know what to expect.
The set-up was fairly straightforward: 20 years after their graduation from school, Gary King (Earth’s nearest equivalent to Zaphod Beeblebrox) reassembles his now respectable and prosperous mates to re-attempt an epic pub-crawl that they had failed to finish in their yoot in the sleepy little English town where they went to school.
Somehow or other, I thought this was just going to be a British buddy-romp, with lots of hijinks and the obligatory re-bonding/closure of long-supressed issues thrown in.
Which it was – and enjoyably so, I might add – until it suddenly – or as the MSM likes to say of bad economic news these days, unexpectedly – turned into Westworld, or perhaps The Stepford Hipsters. Anyway, there were robots. Lots of ’em. Not that these other themes disappeared, mind you. Rayther, they continued to work themselves out while at the same time the protagonists were getting chased about by alien-crafted robots in a lead up to the Apocalypse. Or something.
I think that if I were about twenty or thirty years younger than I am, this genre probably would appeal to me a lot more than it does. ( I hit the big 5-0 in January.) Fact of the matter is that while I find I can remain loyal to teh SciFy of my misspent yoot (which see the gratuitous Zaphod reference above), I really can’t find much enthusiasm for things I’m seeing for the first time now that I’m older. (The single exception to this is Firefly, which I only got into about four years ago, but is really more of a space western than anything else.)
So I thank whoever recommended this film. I still intend to watch Shaun, and maybe it will be different because I already know it involves zombies. But I have to say that The End of the World didn’t really rock mine.
Call it two bumpers out of five, but remember that I’m rapidly becoming that grumpy old coot telling the kids to git off’n my lawn.
Next up (although not tonight, because I’m going to watch my beloved Nats WITH the return of Bryce Harper), In A World, the story of a girl trying to break into the movie-trailer voice-over racket in the shadow of her highly-successful father. I hope it doesn’t get too Gawd-help-us.