Actor/writer - Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul, World's End. Also, secret agent, starship engineer and diesel weasel. GSOH. Must love dogs.
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12 October 2013 by
Categories: Blog, photos, twitter, Tags: Hector and the Search for Happiness
I have come to enjoy and look forward to Mr. Pegg’s vast array of portrayals. He is one of very few Actors today that can bridge the gap between comedy and Drama with believable realism and intensity. I’m a 56 year old disabled vet and have never in my life made any comment on an Actors site but I find Mr. Pegg in everything I watch lately and I find myself looking forward to the next time I am able to enjoy his plying his trade as one of the best Actors in film today.
Open Review of “The World’s End”
The World’s End was probably the most interesting case of “multiple viewing” appreciation I have had since watching Shawn of the Dead. I found myself apologizing for both movies to friends and family, in fact, I have had to apologize for Hot Fuzz too, so I’ve actually been forced to apologize after the first viewing for all of Pegg’s movies as his humor was and continues to be too different from contemporary comedic norms. Nevertheless, both Shawn of the Dead and now The World’s End have become, at the present time, my favorite movies to watch on a regular basis. I have the HD version of Shawn of the Dead for viewing at home, and even went to the extraordinary length of putting the World’s End in my iPhone’s limited memory. This is the ONLY movie on my iPhone’s memory, meaning this is the ONLY movie I can watch anywhere, anytime… needless to say I am a fan in the true original fanatical meaning of the word.
The reason I have found Pegg’s movies, in particular The World’s End, compelling on an ongoing basis, is a potent mix of nostalgia (I am a British immigrant), Pegg’s innovative “ultra-realism”-based comedic method (that represents a revolutionary departure from modern Hollywood comedic norms), and a profound and underappreciated deeper philosophical message, which I would argue parallels, to a significant degree, Siduri’s ancient “Carpe Diem” philosophies, on life and the purpose of life.
Siduri is a female divinity in the Epic of Gilgamesh associated with wisdom, fermentation and merrymaking. In the Old Babylonian version of the Epic, she attempts to dissuade Gilgamesh in his quest for immortality, urging him to be content with the simple pleasures of life: “Gilgamesh, whither are you wandering? Life, which you look for, you will never find. For when the gods created man, they let death be his share, and life withheld in their own hands. Gilgamesh, fill your belly. Day and night make merry. Let days be full of joy, dance and make music day and night. And wear fresh clothes. And wash your head and bathe. Look at the child that is holding your hand, and let your wife delight in your embrace. These things alone are the concern of men.”
Siduri’s ancient advice from the Epic of Gilgamesh
I propose that Simon Pegg represents the most underappreciated and unacknowledged contemporary proponent of the oldest Carpe Diem philosophies known to man.
It took me too long to see this… This was such a wonderfully written movie capturing “Happiness as a pursuit”. Great job starring in it Pegg!