When Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost get together for a project magic happens. Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz remain as some of my favorite films ever and their TV show Spaced is one of the best things to be broadcasted. While as individuals all three are extremely talented their recent endeavors have shown that nothing beats them when they are working together. Just look at Paul which had Pegg and Frost but missed the directorial expertise of Wright which showed. The World’s End might be their last project together and as last installment of the ‘Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy’ it has a lot to live up to. Luckily it is a worthy addition to the trilogy.
Since the release of Hot Fuzz all three of them have grown lots. Simon Pegg has broken into franchises like Star Trek and Mission Impossible. Nick Frost has appeared in a mix of both British and American films. Edgar Wright has broken into Hollywood directing ‘Scott Pilgrim vs. the World’ and is lined up for directing the ambitious Marvel film ‘Ant-Man’. This experience they have gained certainly shows in ‘The World’s End’ with it feeling more like an ‘individual’ film compared to the referential ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and ‘Hot Fuzz’. That isn’t to say ‘The World’s End’ doesn’t have a plethora of references to other films, they just aren’t as obvious.
Without spoiling much the film is about a group of friends who get together to recreate the pub-crawl they once attempted as teenagers. However, once they go back to their hometown they realize that things are different and becomes humanities only hope for survival.
The film does have the feeling of a final film in a trilogy; it sports a bigger cast than before with some top-notch talent in the ensemble. Martin Freeman is perhaps the biggest name in there and it he is one of the six actors to appear in all three films. The cast also contains trilogy new comer Eddie Marsan and Paddy Considine who appeared in Hot Fuzz. With a cast of roughly six important characters at first it is daunting trying to remember who is who however as the film goes on and the characters start to get drunker you start to you learn more about them just as if you were on a pub crawl with them. It is also interesting the Frost plays the role of the straight man a complete switch from the previous films and he plays it extremely well. If you are fan of Spaced you will notice LOTS of familiar faces popping up here and there in various roles.
Also there is one surprise face that pops up early on that made me go ‘wait is that *****? how did they get him? ‘
Tonally the film felt right at home but at some points it was much much darker and grown up than the previous two. At some points it was a surprise at how dark and serious it went but it added extra depth. While ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and ‘Hot Fuzz’ didn’t really explore bigger ideas ‘The World’s End’ isn’t afraid to explore these ideas. Especially ideas of globalization and living in the past. The jokes were as usual there but I felt that it never had as much ‘laugh out loud’ moments as the other two films. Lots of the jokes consisted of very very bad puns which made me laugh but I wasn’t sure if I actually found the puns funny or if I was laughing at the absurdity of it. This doesn’t make the film not funny, it is very funny and very well done.
Overall this film was great, it was everything it needed to be. It was funny, insightful, extremely British and a joy to watch. It is definitely worth a watch and is a brilliant showcase of British talent and movie making. With the trilogy done and dusted ‘The World’s End’, I feel will be the bridesmaid of the trilogy. It’s not as groundbreaking as ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and ‘Hot Fuzz’ but it is some more of the best British comedy out there. Only time will tell how other people will rate it against the others and I am sure I will have countless debates about which film is the best.
SPOLIER: The Cornetto is mint green