November 11, 2013 by ryanglaspell
If there’s one word in the entire human language that sparks a college kid’s attention, it’s “free”. Free t-shirts and frisbees in the Mountainlair? We’re there. Free food? We’re definitely there. Free movies? Well, free is good, but if it’s worth our time. Unlike free WVU gear and nachos, movies require something a little bit more sacred for college students: time.
Almost every weekend WVUp All Night hosts a selection of free movies in the Gluck Theatre at the Mountainlair. Movies are often a mixture of new releases and old classics. The average college student probably has a to-do list that is close to never ending. The average college student also is probably devoted to procrastinating most of their time away. With that in mind, are these free movies worth procrastinating over?
This week, the WVUp All Night folks are going British. The three movies being shown this weekend are all wacky, ridiculous British comedies directed by Edgar Wright and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End, are gracing the silver screen of Gluck Theatre for the weekend of November 14th-17th.
Are they worth the time?
Normally, evaluating each movie separately would be the logical thing to do, but this week is an exception. This trilogy of zany sci/fi comedies can simply be answered with a collective yes.
Rotten Tomatoes and MetaCritic, both movie review sites that serve as an aggregate of critic and user reviews, have greatly favored these three movies as quality films.
The below graph compares the critic reviews for each of the movies from the two sites.
User reviews reflect a near identical approval rating. In a world full of “haters”, this week’s selection has naysayers far and few between.
Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz have been regarded as cult classics with their geeky comedic style. The World’s End is a new release, but contains the same goofy elements of laughter-inhibiting jokes and plot twists.
If you’re stressed out from year-end projects in the making, or maybe it was a week full of daunting tests and you just want to unwind, there’s no better way to do that than by giving your time to any or all of three highly regarded comedies.
Would I watch it for free? Absolutely.
Many crazily plotted comedies may never be regarded as “must-sees”, but if the critics, professional and user alike, know anything, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End are more than worthy to assist you in your procrastination.
Check below for the days and times of the showings.