This a crazy movie, no question. The final film of Edgar Wright's Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, in the beginning The World's End appears to be a harmless, slightly surreal comedy, before it suddenly descends into total bedlam. Five good friends return to their hometown after 20 years to do a pub crawl that they had previously failed to complete. Then the androids arrive - rather than zombies, like in the first film in the trilogy. What is this satire really about? An overly-regulated world, where civilisation's greatest achievements protect people from making any mistakes - or decisions.
The film's main character is played by Simon Pegg, who first appeared on the big screen two decades ago as part of a new generation of British comedy film stars. He continues the comedy traditions of Peter Sellers, Peter Cook and Malcolm McDowell that we have already presented in the Very British series. You probably know the score by now: a character who doesn't look like he is capable of standing up for himself, and certainly not of fighting for a cause. Yet the totally bonkers The World...'s End deals with a not insignificant matter: freedom. It is a 21st century reflection on issues also raised in films like If... and A Clockwork Orange. And that the present-day British series are returning to. (A common theme, it would appear, since the days of Jonathan Swift.) At a certain point, The World's End - without wishing to give anything away - transforms itself into a sci-fi film. That should come as no surprise - satire is built on exaggeration. And Edgar Wright's film certainly doesn't do things by half. Maybe that's because to truly re-evaluate the world in which we live, we must move beyond the 12th stop-off point on the pub crawl, a place named The World's End.
In English, with Hungarian subtitles.
The discussions before and after the screenings are conducted in Hungarian.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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