‘The World’s End’ doesn’t disappoint


“The World’s End”, the third film in Edgar Wright’s “Three Flavours Cornetto” trilogy which includes “Hot Fuzz” and “Shaun of The Dead” is a series of comedies with Nick Frost and Simon Pegg. All of the films share similar themes and actors and put a comedic twist on classic film archetypes. The previous two films of the trilogy are a lot to live up too, both were highly revered comedies, were hilariously enjoyable and could be watched multiple times.

What made the first two movies so successful as comedies is the unexpectedness. Each film has a unique twist that drives the whole thing. Things start out weird but get progressively more deranged as the film progress. In “Shaun of the Dead,” the classic zombie cliche is turned into a comedy.  “Hot Fuzz” took all the old buddy-cop movies and turned them into a comedy-action movie. I had forgotten Wright’s style before I went into “The World’s End,” so the twist of this flavor came as a surprise.

“The World’s End” begins with a flashback to the high school years and the legend of Gary King (Simon Pegg), the leader of a pack of high school outcasts who take on the challenge of the “golden mile,” a pub crawl spanning 12 venues. They fail at their mission, but years later a middle-aged King, who is desperately stuck in the past, tries to relive old glories. As a result, he assembles his old crew, Andy Knightley (Nick frost), Oliver Chamberlain (Martin Freeman), Steven Prince ( Paddy Considine) and Peter Page (Eddie Marson), to once again take on the “golden mile.”

The twist on the latest addition to this trilogy is that as the five buddies return to their hometown, they notice a few things are off. After a spectacular brawl in the bathroom of a pub, they find the entire town has been replaced with body-snatching robots that bleed blue for whatever reason. This turns an ordinary pub crawl into a fight for survival, and the crew decides the best plan of action is to just finish the pub crawl and pretend to not notice any strange going-ons. Along the way they will get belligerently drunk in an attempt to “blend in.”

I believe I probably would have enjoyed this movie quite a bit more if I was a middle-aged man going through an identity crisis, but the reality is I’m a teenager and won’t even be allowed into a bar for another four years. As an American I’m not proficient in British culture which the film seems to satirize quite a bit but some of the jokes probably went right over my head. Nevertheless, I still laughed throughout and thoroughly enjoyed myself.

“The World’s End” lives up to the standard of the other two films in the “Cornetto” trilogy. While it sometimes doesn’t  quite meet the mark, the consistent quality of Edgar Wright’s movies is spectacular.  Pegg and Frost have created quite a comedic duo that’s worthy of praise, and also create some incredibly emotional scenes as the reality of what being stuck in the past can do to a grown man becomes apparent.

Wright created a really great movie to finish off his trilogy, one that I think will only get funnier as I watch it with repeated viewings and as I get older. I look forward to marathons that will play this trilogy all in a row years down the road.