Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman
Directed by: Edgar Wright
Written By: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 49 min
The World’s End is a fitting conclusion to The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, which started with the hilarious zombie comedy, Shaun of the Dead in 2004, and was followed by an awesome action spoof, Hot Fuzz in 2007. An absolutely great set of films, each using a specific genre to tell a story about life. Shaun of the Dead was about not living it, Hot Fuzz told us not to miss it, and The World’s End is about growing up and not living in the past.
Which I got, but at the same time this is the only Cornetto movie that makes me want to be 20 again, and homesick for the UK! Especially when the gang head out on a beautiful afternoon to attempt The Golden Mile* pub crawl in their old home town, accompanied by a great selection of 90’s era tunes for the soundtrack.
It just takes me back. Heading out, DM’s on (still own a pair), Primal Scream’s ‘Loaded’ rattling around my head as I visited a few of my favorite public houses. But we all have to grow up sometime I guess. Careers, financial commitments, companions, all become part of our lives, and the wild crazy days have to come to the end. Wow, that’s depressing.
The World’s End isn’t as good as Shaun of the Dead in my opinion, but it’s certainly on par with Hot Fuzz, if not a little better. I loved the term ‘Starbucking’ in regards to how some modern British pubs have become chains and all feel the same. I also thought the fight sequences were amazingly well choreographed for a movie like this. Damn right impressive at times, and would give any Jackie Chan film a run for its money!
There are also lots of familiar faces from the previous two installments, but as with those other films, the stand out stars are still Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Who are both up to the more emotional journey they take this time around as friends reconciling their differences and past mistakes.
* 12 Pubs, 12 pints. The First Post , The Old Familiar, The Famous Cock, The Cross Hands, The Good Companions, The Trusty Servant, The Two-Headed Dog, The Mermaid, The Beehive, The King’s Head, The Hole in the Wall and, The World’s End.
This movies plays out like one of the more crazy David Tennant Dr Who episodes. So if you’re a fan of that show, you’re going to have a blast watching this. If you enjoyed the other two installments in the trilogy, I think you’ll enjoy this too. Those, like me, who were hitting the pubs in the early 90’s will likely find this a very nostalgic trip. This movie earns its R rating due to its alcohol content (!) and use of violence, but this isn’t nearly as bloody as Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz.
Like the other installments in the trilogy, this isn’t an especially visual spectacle, despite the sci-fi content and heavier use of special effects. A HD showing at home on any device you like will service this film well enough.
Best moments: << Spoiler >>
Gary King’s (Simon Pegg) drunken banter with the Alien robot intelligence at the end is hysterical. I was also really impressed with the fight scene in The Beehive!