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Old September 15 2013, 10:35 PM   #9
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Re: The Worlds End movie

Snick27 wrote: View Post
Ending part with Gary in the bars with his new gang made me feel Gary didn't grow up and was still trying to live in the past.
Here's an excerpt from a Pegg approved analysis that I found interesting:
For one thing heís sober, and ordering water in a bar full of big guys in war paint shows that he has come around to Andyís way of thinking way back at The First Post. Thatís a big step. But the bigger step is his friendship with the blank versions of his friends. Some people have been confused by this - isnít Gary still living in the past? The reality is that Garyís fixation on 1990 wasnít the problem, it was a symptom. Thereís nothing inherently wrong with still listening to the same music from your best years. Garyís problem wasnít that he was living in the past, he was looking to the past as an escape from responsibility. The source of his schism with Andy wasnít the accident, it was the fact that Gary ran away when Andy needed him the most. It was his total rejection of responsibility, the way he can never be wrong. Throughout the movie Gary is not there for his friends, whether it be ignoring Peter during his speech about the bully or running away to the next pub at the end. In the final moments of the film Gary King has grown into the leader that he always fancied himself to be because he finally understands that he needs to stick with his friends.

Ordering that water is a big deal. Fighting for his friends - thatís the true measure of Garyís growth. What I really like about this is that Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg have eschewed a cookie cutter idea of responsibilty and maturation. Gary doesnít have to settle down and have a family like Pete and Andy, he doesnít need to excel in business like O-Man, and he doesnít need to discover true love and live small like Steve. There are many ways to live your life, The Worldís End says, and the important thing is how you live that life.

Why the blanks, though? On one level yes, they represent Garyís friends from a better time. But in a larger sense they represent taking responsibility for his actions. Gary didnít just send the world back to the Dark Ages, he has stranded these not-quite-robots in a world that doesnít want them. He canít fix the world, and he canít save all the blanks, but he can take responsibility for this group in a way that he never could with his real friends. He got them into this situation, and heís going to stick with them until the end.

And so all of that - the robots and The Network and the apocalyptic finale - speak to the humanity at the heart of The Worldís End. The movie rejects the Disneyfication of Times Square, but it also acknowledges that the seedier version of that intersection had lots of problems. Itís hopeful in its own way, as itís saying that even when you are at your worst - even when youíve hit alcoholic rock bottom - you can still wake up in the morning and make the best of it. Itís not the most sweepingly romantic concept of all time, but itís real and itís true. Gary King is 40 years old and this is the world heís made. Now heís going to live in it the best man he can be.
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