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Edgar Wrights underestimated masterpiece: As The World's End God shows the stinking finger

If you like British humor and action movies, you are most likely familiar with the name Edgar Wright. For everyone else: Wright is the director of Scott Pilgrim against the rest of the world and Baby Driver and this year with Last Night in Soho and a documentary about his favorite band Sparks brought two films into the cinemas. His probably the most famous work is the so-called Blood-and-Ice Cream Trilogy. Also known as the CORNET TO trilogy.

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  1. Page 1EDGAR Wrights underestimated masterpiece: How The World's End God shows the stinking finger
  2. 1.1Wily is it in The World's End ?
  3. 1.2Science fiction directly from life
  4. 1.3 On the path of (self) destruction
  5. Page 2EDGAR Wrights underestimated masterpiece — Part 2
  6. 2.1 On the rubble of paradise
  7. 2.2 a beast of a man 3rd page 3 picture gallery for Edgar Wrights underestimated masterpiece: like the world's...

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It is like the name implies from three films, Shaun of the Dead from the year 2004, Hot Fuzz from 2007 and The World's End from 2013. The films have similarities in their style and with Simon Egg and Nick Frost each have the same leading actors, but always in other roles. In addition, every part is dedicated to another genre or other genres. Shaun of the Dead is a mix of Rom com and Zombie film, in Hot Fuzz, an Agatha-Christie Kleinstadt-Krimi is crossed with a buddy-action movie and The World's End connects Thinker tragedy with Science Fiction.

I am a big fan of Wright and like all of his films, the Cornet to trilogy and their spiritual ancestors Spaced are also clearly the highlights in his work for me. Today I would like to talk about one of the three films, from which I believe that he is wrong under fans as the weakest part of the series: The World's End.

Although the film appeared, he got good reviews from the press and also the audience was generally well-received, but in direct comparison with the predecessors, he almost always pulls the shorter. I have the impression that most fans do either Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz as Wright's best film and The World's End in a ranking usually even behind Baby Driver and Scott Pilgrim on the Last place would position. Even the big specialist publications seem to be there. However, I am completely different opinion. I even hold the movie for the best movie that Wright has made in his career and for one of the best movies of 2010s in general.

But I do not just want to tell why The World's End is great, and you should look at him, but hopefully also the discussion about the movie add something new and share my own interpretation with you.

What's in The World's End ?

For me, all the leitmotivs and topics of the film, such as Starbuckization of shops or the confrontation with the older, engage in each other to tell the story of a man who leads a rebellion against God and paradise.

How exactly I come to that, I'll tell you the same. Before briefly a summary what it's all about. ATTENTION, Follow spoilers to the entire movie:

We meet the main character Gary King (Simon Egg) at a group therapy, where he tells of the glorious days of his youth. At that time he undertook a pub crawl with four friends in his hometown Newton Haven with 12 beer on 12 stations, the so-called Golden Mile. The last pub on the route is the World's End. For the boys, however, was back then, which is why Gary spontaneously decides to catch up with the pub tour as an adult and to come to the end this time. His friends from children's days Andy (Nick Frost), Oliver (Martin Freeman), Peter (Eddie Marian) and Steven (Paddy Confiding), have alienated from him and just accompany him from solidarity to each other and because Gary lies. In the course of the pub crawl, we learn that most residents of Newton Haven were replaced by artificial double-bends, so-called blanks. Behind it is an alien Hivemind named The Network (Bill Night). Edgar Wrights underestimated masterpiece: as The World's End God shows the stinking finger (3) Source: © Focus Features Together with Oliver's Sister Sam (Rosamond Pike), the five protagonists resist the invaders, with Oliver and Peter lose their lives and replaced by blanks. In the end, Gary, Steven and Andy are confronted by The Network in the World's End, and it will reveal that the aliens are responsible for most technical achievements of humanity. They offer Gary to include humanity into an intergalactic nationwide, should continue to allow the network to replace faulty people through happier, diligent blank versions. Instead of connecting the aliens, Gary decides to exploit the help. He tells the alien that they should go fuck, whereupon these are deducted from the earth together with their technology and send them back to the Middle Ages. In the epilogue we see a sober Gary, who has shocked some blanks as companions in the Post Apocalypse.

Science Fiction directly from life

The scripts come from all films of the trilogy of Edgar Wright itself and by Simon Egg. The relationship between Shaun and Ed in Shaun of the Dead is inspired by the real relationship between Egg and Frost and their housing conditions. The village of Sandford in Hot Fuzz was built in Wright's actual hometown Wells in Somerset and also The World's End nourishes from real experiences. In this case but not forced from funny.

Egg spoke open in 2018 over his depression and its alcohol addiction. The World's End has been in a way his way to process them and to indicate people in it. As meanwhile dry alcoholics, Egg has also made experiences with the organization of anonymous alcoholics according to its own statement. It is certainly no coincidence that the most famous therapy method of anonymous alcoholics is the so-called twelve steps program and in The World's End exactly 12 bars must be completed to complete the golden mile. What many do not know about the anonymous alcoholic is that they are a religious organization that actively tries to convert the need for faith.

Egg and Wright seem to have a clear opinion. Edgar Wright and Simon Egg Source: Twitter Because probably not everyone is familiar with the 12 steps, here is a list of the official side of the anonymous alcoholic. Especially the points 2, 3, 6 and 7 have strong parallels to the story in The World's End.

  1. We admitted that we were powerless over alcohol — and could not get our lives.
  2. We Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves, we can restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God — as we understood Him — to trust.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves and to another human being of our wrongs to.
  6. Were entirely ready to have removed all these defects of character God.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. We made direct amends to such people — wherever it was possible — unless to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory with us on, and when we were wrong promptly admitted it to.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation, the conscious contact with God — as we understood Him — to deepen. We only asked Him our knowledge of His will to leave and give us the strength to carry it out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening through these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to our daily lives according to these principles.

Edgar Wright underappreciated masterpiece: How The World's End God the finger shows (6) Source: © Focus Features

On the path of (self) destruction

Gary is presented with the option at the end of a higher power to take all his misdeeds from him, and to create a new Gary King. It is literally an intervention in which his alcoholism is made on the subject. With him are with Steven and Andy also precisely the two friends he has hurt in his past strongest. Andy in that it has led him to drink and then let down and Steven fact that he has taken up with Sam, though he knew that his mate has feelings for her. And although Gary running behind the whole movie on his own youth and wants nothing more to be able to as a return to the moment in which life for him was still full of possibilities, hopes and dreams, he declines the offer in the end.

His self-destruction is to overcome them by alcohol or other methods, under its own power, the rebellion is shown as the ultimate act. The film argues that the things that are illogical and imperfect to us are the things that make us most human.

Despair, hopelessness and even the urge to kill ourselves, are fundamental parts of the human experience, and they would take us to deprive us of this. Edgar Wright points out in the commentary that the majority of the terms are for drinking in English synonyms for destruction, including wasted, annihilated, obliterated and trashed.

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When he pulls on his coat in the opening credits, the director describes it in the commentary as one [s] general who puts on his uniform before he shoots in the head. It is not surprising that Gary without luggage in Newton Haven arrives: He still has not, leaving after night with his former friends again. And in the end he kills himself in some way even himself by tearing off his young I head. Ironically, Gary King, the almost mythical leader from his youth who goes his own way, reborn through exactly this act.



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