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Dana Stevens’s “The World’s End” Is a Double-Whammy of Greatness

In response to Dana Stevens’s 1066‑word review of The World's End on Slate

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Dana Stevens’s “The World’s End“ is as informative as it is well-written creating a beautiful double-whammy of review greatness. Despite tipping the scales at over one thousand words, amassed in bulky paragraphs, the experience was well worth the reading investment thanks to clear, error-free writing and well-researched anecdotes.

The World’s opens where the film’s cast left off using their past work as a jumping off point for evaluating their latest offering. This provides the perfect setting for the reader to understand Stevens’s feelings about the movie.

The critic keeps the treatment chugging along with plot lines sprinkled with commentary to always keep the reader aware of what the film succeeds or fails at. This does the review credit.

There are only two detractors from Stevens’s piece: spoilers and parenthetical asides. Through her spoilers, Stevens leaves one with the feeling of a child whose friend just warned him of a surprise birthday party.  On the one hand, excited for the film, on the other disappointed because the surprise is ruined.

Furthermore, the parenthetical asides near the start of the piece, though informative, are distracting and detract from a broader understanding.  Taking the work at its whole, though, Stevens’s review is a must read.    

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