World’s End: A Very Short Review


By Brenda W. Clough

This is the first movie directed by Edgar White that I have seen, and I am reliably informed (by my son) that World’s End is similar in style and tone to his other work.  Certainly this movie is very much itself — a strong sense of what it is doing and what it is trying to say. In this movie five school buddies get back together again for one more massive binge, touring all twelve bars in their home town and ending up at the pub called World’s End. Your standard growing-up plot, until the work takes a sharp left turn into Aliens territory and then the hijinks really start.

What I would debate is whether it really is science fiction or not. Are all movies that involve alien invasion and the cloning/takeover of earth’s population science fiction? Or is it possible to have a bar movie about the subject?  Because if it is possible then Worlds End is that movie. The SFnal elements are not as close to the emotional heart of the film as the drinking-buddies aspect of it. Can it be that at last, now we are in the 21st century, that alien invasions are merely a detail, a feature in a larger work on the level of an original soundtrack, or a cameo by  Patrick Stewart? Hard to say whether this would be good for the industry, or bad.

The film has a charming pace and originality, and the cast is superb — you’ll recognize Bilbo Baggins in there. Not a movie for the ages, and not real SF — I am not going to nominate this for the film Nebula, for instance. — but oddly close.

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About Brenda Clough

Brenda W. Clough spent much of her childhood overseas, courtesy of the U.S. government. Her first fantasy novel, The Crystal Crown, was published by DAW in 1984. She has also written The Dragon of Mishbil (1985), The Realm Beneath (1986), and The Name of the Sun (1988). Her children’s novel, An Impossumble Summer (1992), is set in her own house in Virginia, where she lives in a cottage at the edge of a forest. Her novel How Like a God, available from BVC, was published by Tor Books in 1997, and a sequel, Doors of Death and Life, was published in May 2000. Her latest novels from Book View Cafe include Revise the World (2009) and Speak to Our Desires. Her novel A Most Dangerous Woman is being serialized by Serial Box. Her novel The River Twice is newly available from BVC.


World’s End: A Very Short Review — 3 Comments

    • No no, Martin Freeman. He is on the far left in the picture. I have the sense that we are not the target demographic for this movie. A film in which the premise is that by drinking very heavily you can save the world is every bit as fantastical as the one in which by strapping on nuclear-powered armor with foot rockets you can save the world.

  1. I thought the movie was entirely charming, well worth the effort to find a showing (not insubstantial as it is not well distributed) and a good investment of a Sunday afternoon.