The World

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  • PG
  • 2004
  • 1 hr 45 min
  • 5.8  (93,073)
  • 49

The World is a 2004 movie that stars Jackie Chan, Steve Coogan, and Jim Broadbent. The movie is directed by Richard Curtis and tells the story of a day in the life of workers at a theme park called "The World". The park is the largest man-made structure in the world and houses replicas of famous landmarks from around the globe. The movie follows the lives of a diverse group of employees at the park, including workers from various countries who are all struggling to make ends meet.

The story of The World is centered around two main characters, a Chinese acrobat named Jin (Jackie Chan) and a British businessman named Richard (Steve Coogan). Jin works as a performer in the park, entertaining visitors with his acrobatic skills, while Richard is the marketing director of the park. The two characters meet when Richard travels to China to oversee the opening of a new section of the park.

The movie is a comedy that explores themes of culture clash, globalization, and the impact of technology on society. The World is a hilarious and poignant movie that presents a realistic portrayal of life in modern-day China.

The World's acting is superb, with Jackie Chan delivering one of his best performances to date. Steve Coogan also shines as the quintessential ignorant foreigner who just doesn't "get it". The supporting cast is also excellent, with Jim Broadbent in particular delivering a standout performance as the park's director. The performances are all brilliantly executed and bring the movie's story to life.

The World's writing is also exceptional. The movie's script is filled with witty dialogue and clever humor that will have audiences laughing from beginning to end. The movie is also smartly written, presenting complex ideas in a way that is easy to understand without ever feeling preachy or pretentious. The movie's pacing is also excellent, moving at a brisk pace with never a dull moment.

What truly sets The World apart is its stunning visuals. The movie was filmed on location in Beijing at the actual theme park it depicts, and the production design is absolutely breathtaking. The park's replicas of famous landmarks are stunningly accurate and impressive, and the use of the enormous space the park occupies is impressive. The contrast between the fake world of the park and the real world outside of it is also cleverly used to explore the themes of the movie.

Overall, The World is a must-watch for anyone who enjoys a good comedy with depth and substance. The movie is just as relevant today as it was when it was released in 2004, exploring themes that are more relevant today than ever before. The acting, writing, and visuals all combine to create a movie that is truly unforgettable. Despite criticisms of some elements, The World is a movie that truly deserves to be seen by a wider audience. It is easily one of the best comedies of the 21st century.

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