The Worlds End
The grand and much-anticipated finale of the 'Three Flavour Cornetto' series of films, as dubbed by stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright, has arrived at cinemas. With the previous two films – Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz – holding a firm place in my 'top ten films' list, I decided that I simply could not afford to miss out on another undoubtedly hilarious, clever and even slightly absurd addition to this collection. This is the first comedy I have seen in the cinema for years which genuinely had the audience in stitches throughout. If any other film can match that level of togetherness amongst cinemagoers, it deserves recognition.
The World's End follows the story of five childhood friends who, when they were eighteen, attempted a legendary pub crawl across the golden mile, consisting of 12 pubs in their hometown of Newton Haven. Twenty years down the line, and with adult responsibility stepping into a majority of the characters' lives, Pegg's character Gary King (also known as 'King Gary'), who has simply refused to grow up, becomes hellbent on finishing the pub crawl they started. He steals his companions away from the responsibilities and safety of adulthood and takes them back to the quaint town... But not everything is as it once was.
They notice that there's something not quite right with the locals, but Pegg remains stoic that he will finish what he now sees as his duty. This is in spite of old friends and neighbours alike in fact being replaced with alien robot body doubles. After all, why would being attacked by blue-blooded robots with action man esque pop-and-lock limbs stop you from fulfilling a childhood dream? Pegg keeps his group of friends confident, persuading them through his resounding confidence to continue their crawl.
It has to be said that many comedies I've seen have dry plotlines and generic characters, but it has never been a case of this for any film in this trilogy, including The World's End. The characters are genuinely likeable and have their own witty charms, including the somewhat pretentious nature of the more mature schoolmates. They have jobs and families of their own now, but that doesn't stop the legendary King Gary from persuading them to engage in a blast from the past. When he turns up in his renowned car 'The Beast', donning his smoking cigarette and wearing an outfit nostalgic of the 80s, the prospect seems far too cool to refuse. It was interesting to see Pegg and Frost switch roles; Frost plays the more mature character (apparently – he is a lawyer after all!) and Pegg's character insists on dragging his comrades back to their childhood mischief.
We see the return of many familiar faces – not just the famous duo, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost – but also a few minor characters. Look out for the female zombie who raids Pegg and Frost's house in Shaun of the dead and also Mr Goshdashtidar from Run Fatboy Run. We also see the triumphant return of the fabled Cornetto. The only disappointment for me, really, was the lack of appearance by Peter Serafinowicz; what with him featuring in Spaced, Shaun of the Dead and Run Fatboy Run, I was almost expecting to see him appear somewhere in the film, even if just playing a small role.
Nevertheless this minor disappointment certainly didn't even scratch the gleaming surface of The World's End. It was an explosively hilarious and nostalgic blaster to finish the trilogy off. Though it feels like the end of a long journey through responsibility and maturity with a handful of good friends, I have to say that I'm glad that it was executed in such a brilliant way. Nobody in their right minds could doubt the fantastic collaboration of artists involved in this cracker of a film; you'd be missing out on something astounding if you didn't give it a go.
I rate this film 5/5.
Review by Jade Earley
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