Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind’s only hope for survival.
Director: Edgar Wright
Writer[s]: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg
Almost a full decade ago, a trio of friends and colleagues who had produced a now cult-classic British television show Spaced decided to make a zombie movie together. A few years later, they followed it up with a a police drama in the same vein. And now, nine years later, they have completed what is now called the Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy with an alien invasion flick. The three friends are Director/writer Edgar Wright, co-writer and co-star Simon Pegg, and co-star Nick Frost, and the three films are Sean of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End, and they are three of the most entertaining films created in the last decade.
The World’s End is the story of Gary King [Simon Pegg], a character we all know from our own lives. Twenty years after a failed bar crawl attempt in their home town, Gary is stuck in his own past, and has still not grown up. After a reminder of his past pub crawl failure, Gary decides to get the gang back together to have one more go. The now successful group of guys reluctantly accept the invitation, and find their way back to their old stomping grounds, which is the exact same as they left it, except for the “Starbucking” of the pubs. Something seems a little off in the old town, however, when no one seems to recognize or acknowledge the gang’s existence. Has everyone moved on, or is something strange happening in the little British town?
The final installment in the Cornetto trilogy is a perfect stylistic fit. Wright and Pegg bring another popular sci-fi genre to the big screen and fill it with incredible dialogue and surprisingly complex and well choreographed action. The editing is classic Wright, with the quick switch camera work that has become synonymous with his name, and is one of my favorite editing habits when done correctly, which Wright always does. The World’s End brings a new style of drama, along with the usual comedic antics, and they combine with the actors’ performances to create a great send-off for this stellar trilogy.
Joining our staple trio are Martin Freeman, fresh off of The Hobbit fame, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, and Rosamund Pike, completing Pegg’s band of friends.
3.5 / 4 – I have become a sucker for Edgar Wright’s films, and along with Simon Pegg, he has written a hilarious action/drama/comedy filled with aliens and British pubs. Genius dialogue and classic, sharp editing propel this film to a perfect bookend for the Cornetto trilogy.