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Robbie Collin’s “The World’s End, Review” Is Familiar, but Well-Woven

In response to Robbie Collin’s 761‑word review of The World's End on Daily Telegraph

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Robbie Collin’s “The World’s End, review“ begins with a hackneyed cliche and follows a well-worn predictable path to completion. But the ride itself contains just enough clever plot twists and gripping suspense for readers to forgive the review for its familiarity. Make no mistake, you’ve read a million reviews just like it. But in the hands of a master, even the familiar can ring fresh and exciting.

And Collin is, if nothing else, a master storyteller in his use of pacing, dramatic suspense and a stubborn refusal to reveal his hand until the review’s climactic finish. The review’s closing paraphrase of T. S. Elliot would have, in the hands of a less skilled critic, seemed precious and overarching. But Collin has in mind something deeper than impressing the literary fan boys. There is a depth here, a maturity not often found in mainstream film reviews. End, review aims for the heads and the hearts of the audience and very nearly scores a bullseye on both counts.

Overly familiar and at times cliche, End, review  won’t win any points for originality, but Collin’s ability to weave a captivating tale wins out in the end. If it’s a solid genre piece you seek, you can’t go wrong here.      

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