These two Brits (along with director Edgar Wright) became famous for their earlier films “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz,” and this one is similar because of the twist midway through. Pegg & Frost tend to start off making a movie about one thing, then shift gears and turn it into a horror film.
This time some old high school buddies reunite for a pub-crawl, but things in their hometown are not as they seem. “The World’s End” isn’t nearly as clever as “Shaun of the Dead” or “Hot Fuzz, ” and it feels like the novelty is wearing off. It still has loads of that wry British sense of humor though & that’s why I’m giving “The World’s End” a B.
Also out this week is “In a World,” about a voice actress trying to make it in a male-dominated industry. Lake Bell from “Children’s Hospital” wrote, directed & stars in this comedy about movie trailers & the people who voice them. It starts with the death of real-life movie trailer star Don LaFontaine and asks if a woman would ever be able to fill his shoes.
“In a World” manages to make a statement about chauvinism without bashing anyone and even its antagonists seem to have a good side. I was so pleasantly surprised by “In a World” that I have to give it a B+. Lake Bell could’ve made a whole career out of playing the hot chick. Instead she chose create her own material and man, did it pay off.