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Gilbey’s “The World’s End…” Fails to Capture the Magic of the Source Material

In response to Ryan Gilbey’s 855‑word review of The World's End on New Statesman

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The pretentiousness and verbosity of Ryan Gilbey’s “The World’s End: A comedy of ideas as well as gags” is nothing short of nauseating. It feels like it was written by the grad student who envisages an outstanding grade from his professor for excessive use of academic jargon.

The reviewer repeatedly quotes lines from the movie, which effectively removes the humorous context that moviegoers enjoy experiencing—instead of reading in regurgitated reviewer form.

Except for one exposed scene at the end, there are few spoilers in the review, but that doesn’t compensate for the unnecessarily exhaustive diatribes on previous films connected to the creators, which in turn adds nothing for the reader wanting information on The World’s End.

Gilbey also wants us to know what he thinks is most poignant about the movie, yet he falls grievously short of meaningful explanation of said emotion. According to him, creepy imagery and established character chemistry somehow make the film’s ideas less relevant.

Both the language and the content of this review are contradictory at best. The bombardment of advertisements at the top of the article page is slightly distracting at first, but the article is easy on the eyes.

The review feels gnarled, bloated, and unworthy of reading as it doesn’t present a strong statement of any kind.    

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