Tag Archives: Rosamund Pike

The World’s End goes down like a good beer

26 Aug

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Fans of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz will enjoy the hilarious and heartfelt, The World’s End. It concludes the Cornetto Trilogy, which refers to the color and flavor of ice cream in the film. Obviously, very important stuff and I will have to get a triple scoop with each flavor because Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s third installment ends the trilogy on a high note.

Twenty years after a failed attempt of a pub crawl called the ‘Golden Mile’ – 12 pubs, 12 pints, Gary King (Pegg) drags his childhood friends along to complete the hedonistic task. Not even aliens will deter them from this great achievement.

I was impressed with the film’s ability to mix genres and still spend the time developing each of these characters. Unfortunately, I did feel overwhelmed at times with the story’s sci-fi/action sequences and ending, but with repeated viewings I am sure I will grow to appreciate it like a good beer.

WORD COUNT: 157

Adam’s Grade: B+

Chuck’s Grade: N/A

Jack Reacher is out of character at times

24 Dec

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Tom Cruise takes on the role of Jack Reacher, a popular fictional character created by author Lee Child. I haven’t read any of the books, but I don’t think Cruise was the best actor for this role, although I can see him reprising this character a couple more times.  This mystery action thriller does a couple of things different by inserting humor into the action and keeping the hero’s pants on, which was refreshing, but the film is simply too long.  Everything from the exposition to the car chase to putting the clues together to the climax is drawn out. My favorite parts are the hand to hand fight scenes and Robert Duvall playing a salty, but wise ex-Marine that ends up helping Reacher out. Ultimately, I want to know what kind of cologne Reacher was wearing because it was almost comical that every woman was googly-eyed for him when it is evident that Cruise is not “all that” anymore.

WORD COUNT: 160

Chuck’s Grade: B-

Adam’s Grade: N/A