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John Serba’s “‘The World’s End’ Review” Is Clever and Breezy but Insubstantial

In response to John Serba’s 568‑word review of The World's End on MLive.com 

http://www.mlive.com/movies/index.ssf/2013/08/the_worlds_end_review_simon_pe.html

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John Serba’s “‘The World’s End’ review: Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright re-team for an amusing sci-fi spoof” is a clever and entertaining piece of film criticism, but ultimately comes up lacking in substance. Serba has a way with words and knows his way around an analogy, but seems unwilling to dive below the surface to really tackle the subject of his piece and provide the reader with nuanced, multi-layered writing. There’s something to be said for film criticism that does not take much time or effort on the part of its intended audience, but when a person is trying to determine where to spend their hard-earned cash, he or she needs something more than a quick plot summary and some beer jokes to make an informed decision.

Serba has promise and if he allows his writing room to breathe in future works could really produce some fine pieces of film criticism. Unfortunately, he is not quite there yet. “‘The World’s End’ review: “is an amusing but slight bit of showmanship with considerable swagger but little substance to back it up. For a more mature and thoughtful criticism of the Cornetto Trilogy’s conclusion, there are more full-bodied reviews on tap elsewhere.    

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