After years of waiting, the Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy has found the finish line with The World’s End. After a long hiatus of sorts Edgar Wright, the creator of the trilogy, has brought a movie that is completely worthy of being associated with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Much of the movie is very funny on its own but if you really want to enjoy everything it has to offer then definitely check out the first two films before watching this. This is a movie made by a group of longtime friends who, through their work, show that their movies really matter to them ,and so far it is paying off. By the time I had the opportunity to see this I had heard a lot of buzz about it. It was (is) maintaining a positive overall rating and people are praising it saying just how wonderful it is; hearing all this made the anticipation even greater, which I hate because most films don’t live up to the hype. Luckily this is one that surpassed my expectations and in my opinion could be the best of the whole trilogy. Wright, Pegg and Frost really outdid themselves with this one.
I felt that, no matter what, it would at least be decent and have its funny moments. For me, this turned out to be one of the best movies this year, certainly in the comedy genre. The tone of the movie feels very innocent and fun, yet it has a lot of inappropriate moments that makes it one to not see with the kids. This is one to get a babysitter for, go with your significant other and just laugh your ass off. If you have seen their previous films, featuring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, then you already know that the chemistry is very real and it always makes for great entertainment when those two are bickering at one another. One of my favorite aspects to this movie is the genius of it and the fact that Pegg wrote it; his characters are always silly and sometimes stupid, but the pace of his work and timing of his jokes show just how genius he is. I believe he is a talent with a true understanding of comedy compared to the likes of Mel Brooks or Monty Python, and I don’t even think he has hit his peak yet. Big shoes to fill yes, but I think if anyone could achieve a similar status as those legends, it’s him.
As time passes and we grow up, the people in our lives seem to come and go without reason. A group of friends in their early years of graduating high school back in 1990 attempted a pub crawl as a sort of celebration. Their goal was to hit every pub in their small town in one night; 12 pubs, 60 pints, 1 night. Unfortunately, that night they never made it. But one thing did happen, at least for Gary King (Simon Pegg), who during the pub crawl had the greatest night of his life. As far as he was concerned it would never get better than a drunken night of debauchery with his friends. Everyone had a great night, but Gary is the only one who could never move on from it. He held that night in such regard even into his forties so many years later.
Now all grown up and out of each other’s lives, life has become stagnant, boring. One day Gary gets the bright idea to get the boys back together and make another attempt at, as he calls it “The Golden Mile”. Gary is delusional and doesn’t think that age should be a factor but the other guys know better. Reluctantly they, for a reason none of them can figure, agree to go with their still very child-like friend Gary on a night of bad decisions. What transpires this night will change the very face of existence for the entire planet Earth. This small group of dimwits holds the fate of humanity in their hands and too bad for us, they are very intoxicated. Drunks on a mission to get… drunker and too save or not save the planet… this should be interesting. I just hope they can remember it all in the morning.
If you are one of those who think that British humor is too bland or odd to enjoy please give this a chance anyway, it will be worth your time. I promise. I enjoyed everything about this and fully intend to see it again. I saw an interview with the director/co-writer Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and at one point Pegg makes mention that although it’s bitter sweet that the trilogy is now finished they know very well that they all three will certainly work together again. This makes me happy because this trio is comedy gold. I also want to make mention that the others in this drunken group are all hilarious as well but it’s really Pegg’s and Frost’s lead that steals the show. I mean, you get to see Bilbo behaving in a manner that would bring shame to The Shire and that’s pretty funny to me. I recommend seeing this, it is highly enjoyable and one of the best movies this year.
Rated R For: pervasive language including sexual references
Run Time: 109 minutes
After Credits Scene: None
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, Pierce Brosnan
Directed By: Edgar Wright
Out of 5 Nerdskulls
Story: 4/ Acting: 4.5/ Directing: 4.5/ Visuals: 4
OVERALL: 4.5 Nerdskulls
Check out the trailer below: