Sunday, September 1, 2013

The Brogue's End

M: But not really!

J: No, this is not, in fact, the end of Blog With a Brogue, no matter how much you may want it to be.

M: Can I just say, that the title of this blog post made me think of that Doors song where he says "this is the end," which made me remember that there is a different Doors song in this movie, and it really kind of made the movie for me. [laughs] It was nice.

J: Really? What song? I obviously have no memory nor knowledge of Doors songs, in the movie or otherwise.

M: Normally, I dislike the Doors. I think it was just the setting and the context that were perfect in the film. Anyways, it's called... uhhahhh... something about a whiskey bar. Show me the way to the next whiskey bar.

J: Oh, this! I remember this! This was awesome! Was this when they were doing the pouring scenes?

M: No, this was when they were all walking arm in arm!

J: Ohhhh yeah, that was soooo good!

M: And there's even a lyric in there about "don't ask why..." or "we must die..." It was all very fitting!

J: BWAB, now with soundtracks!

Yuk yuk yuk! I'm driving on the wrong side!
M: We should tell them the title. It's actually called "Alabama Song." I think.

J: Confirmed. The movie's title is, perhaps obviously, perhaps not, The World's End. The last in an unofficial trio by Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and...

M: Director, Edgar Wright.

J: Oh, good job!

M: The "Cornetto" trio.

J: Ohhh yeah, 'cause of the shape! (It's ice cream cones.)

M: Yeeeah, something cornucopia!

J: And trumpets... But anyway! We actually did a bit of research before seeing this movie.

M: We did?!

J: All those articles! That counts!

M: Ohhh, we did! It was very insightful.

J: It really was. The history of the three of them, and where they were in life when the previous two movies were made... it provided a much-needed background story to the movie, in my opinion. Because honestly, I didn't find this as funny as I wanted to, especially not in the context of their previous movies (Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz).

M: Oh my god. I have so many things to say right now. First of all, with regard to the articles, fascinating. I loved hearing about their individual backgrounds, how they came to be friends, how they got - at all - from point A to point B. Fascinating, and entertaining, and witty. Secondly, oh my god Hot Fuzz. There are no words to describe how entertained I am by that film.

J: Was that it?

M: Um... um, yes. I think Nick Frost might be my spirit animal.  But otherwise, that's it.

J: We actually came to this revelation after reading the above-mentioned articles. Previously, we'd both assumed, due to Simon Pegg and Meredith's natural ginger state, that they...

M: [laughs] That I might grow up to be Simon Pegg.

 Scotchy scotch scotch.
Here it goes down. Down into my belly.
J: Exactly. But turns out, we were being racist. The truth is that I have much more in common with Simon Pegg than Meredith, and similarly for Meredith and Nick Frost. Don't worry, we're still growing up to be hilarious British men.

M: Still on track.

J: Which is the best that can be said of my life thus far.

M: [laughs] So, what else should we say about this film?

J: It made me immediately want to drink.

M: [laughs] From a glass!

J: And a tap. I believe I went straight to the liquor store on the way home and bought beer. The truth about the movie, though, is that the main character wasn't entirely likable, which, for me, colored the tone of the film in a negative way.

M: Absolutely. He had very brief redeeming moments...
You're out of order. Your mom's out of order.

J: The monologue at the end was brilliant.

M: [nods] But there was just not enough to really sell me on the guy. I really did, though, love the relationships and the history of the main quintet.

J: Very true. That, I believe, was the main point of the movie - the ways people change after many years and significant life events have passed, and they ways they haven't.

M: Yes. And how people deal with "falling outs" with close friends.

J: Precisely. It's a slightly uncomfortable movie, perhaps because we can all relate to those things, even if we can't relate to blue-blooded robots taking over the Earth.

M: Have we said too much?

J: You're right, they're not robots.

M: [laughs] Basically, what I want to say, is that the trilogy, as a whole, is fantastic. This film particularly was lovely, but it was not the ending I would have hoped for. Regardless, I mean, I don't know. I want to say that it only failed to live up to my standards because the other two are so good, particularly Hot Fuzz.

J: Of course.

M: But! All the same, it does feel like closure. And it is a lovely film.

J: I laughed out loud repeatedly. And loudly. In a movie theater crowded with people.

M: During a matinee, even!

J: It's true, their reputation for making a good film was evident.

M: This was the first of their films I'd even seen in a theater.

J: Very good point. It could be that the advertisers really knew what they were doing, but on the other hand, this was a fully British movie that premiered in America to excellent crowds, which speaks volumes for the kind of work these men are able to do.

M: Oh, god, except for Paul. I hate to even bring it up, but...

J: No, I had to say something too. Something about having Wright as the director really makes a difference. More than I thought possible. Well, and I bet Simon Pegg didn't write Paul.

M: No, I bet he didn't.

J: Also, the main female character in this otherwise male-driven movie, is none other than Jane Bingley from the Kiera Knightly version of Pride and Prejudice. Took me ages to figure that out.

M: She's gotta be in something else... she looks so familiar. In any case, she was fantastic, and I read some rumor about her being cast as the lead in the film adaptation of Gone Girl, which would rock.

J: I cannot wait to see that movie. It's gonna be good. Rosamund Pike! Check her out.

M: I think that's about all I got.

J: Seriously, me too. I loved Martin Freeman, of course, and...

M: The other two... I can't think of their names. So familiar, and yet... "those British guys."

J: Exactly. Well folks, I think it's time to leave you for the night. We're about to watch a new movie called Side Effects that only counts because...


J: There it is. And with no further adieu... BWAB out!

M: [applauds gently]

The end! 

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