Yeah, this was bad. Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Edgar Wright are the three comedians which can do no wrong for the critics. In fact, they're probably the most beloved comedians of this generation. For me, I don't necessarily like them that much. Most of their jokes fall very flat, and the balance of action and humor never mixed well with them. It is no different from this film, The World's End, which tries to blend in sci fi tropes, comedic tropes, and drama tropes all in one package.... and it fails on all accounts.
The World's End is about slacker Gary "The King" King, who after living the greatest night of his life, fell into a deep depression. In order to rise from this sudden sadness, King gathers all his old friends back and attempt to pull off "The Golden Mile", a full night of 'debauchery' by entering 12 pubs and drinking 60 pints....Or at least that's the premise at first. Then, it divulges into this silly sci fi comedy. And therein lies my first problem with the film.
The film doesn't know what it wants to be. At times, it's a sci fi drama...then, it goes straight into comedy. The tonal shifts are very jarring and hard to swallow. Unnecessary action scenes are thrown in. And it's just ruins the film as a whole. I felt if they just stuck to their original premise, they would've hit gold as the best moments in the film all happen in the first 20 minutes, before the actual plot begins. Then, it just fizzles away into nothingness and ruins the experience as a whole.
The entire 'plan' that King and his friends have is also all the more idiotic. *Minor spoilers* Their plan of action is to finish the Golden Mile in order to seem normal, but why? The aliens seem to already know you know about them, so why not just attempt to escape that place? And another problem is the way the aliens abduct people. Okay, so apparently, they need DNA sampling from the victim before being abducted. Why not take the sample and abduct them when their asleep? It seems much easier and less dangerous. I feel as if I put more thought into this paragraph than the writers did in whole.
There are some positives to note, however. For one, outside of Simon Pegg, the other characters were likable enough, which actually can be seen as a fault considering that makes Pegg's character all the more unlikable for putting them through this mess. However, I can't say they were awful. Also, one joke in particular, made me uncontrollably laugh as it was the wittiest joke I've heard. Unfortunately, that's at the end, meaning you'll have to endure a good 90 minutes of jokes that fall flat. The last positive I could find in this heaping mess was that it did make me want something to drink.
Overall, the World's End begins rather promisingly and just fizzles into meandering plot and jokes that fall flat. The main character in this film is an unlikable jerk that really has no character development. He literally stays the same person from point A to point B. And the message of the film (free will), while it was decent, was shoved down our throats in the climactic "battle". Much in the same vein as Elysium, but here, this film has it's characters literally say the message of the film. Some very minor problems is that it's secondary characters are likable enough and there is one, or two, jokes that I did laugh at, but other than that, this is a waste of time.