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"While the movie is a solid dramedy offering, it can be a bit robotic at times" - Screen Rant
The World's End is the third film of a bloody and gory trilogy (a.k.a. Cornetto Trilogy) directed by Edgar Wright, and starring comedians Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The other two films are the classics Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.
Does The World's End ruin the Cornetto Trilogy? Or, is it the perfect ending to an epic tale?
Read some review highlights below!
Synopsis: 20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World's End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind's. Reaching The World's End is the least of their worries.
Starring: Rosamund Pike, Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan and others.
Wright is a master filmmaker, and The World’s End manages to take a $20 million budget and offer a sci-fi story that is every bit as compelling as a film with 10 times the budget. The visual effects don’t feature a major city being destroyed, but they don’t need to.
The World’s End is steeped in originality and creativity, something sorely lacking in most films these days. He’s a master of deconstructing a genre film and honoring it, while still finding ways to pick it apart and make it funny. His filmography is littered with examples, including the other Cornetto films. The World’s End is another example of that formula, and it’s also one of the best films of the summer.
The World’s End is another worthwhile team-up from Pegg and Wright as well as a welcome addition to their cult-favorite trilogy. That said, while the movie is a solid dramedy offering, it can be a bit robotic at times – not as funny or fresh as Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz. In place of over-the-top gags, the writers have pumped in a bit more depth – delivering a well-rounded film experience that could slightly disappoint some longtime Cornetto enthusiasts hoping for a bigger and zanier capstone to the series – while surprising other viewers with one of the pair’s better character stories. If The World’s End is, in fact, the end of their ice-cream inspired trilogy, Pegg and Wright have reason to be proud of the final installment – even if the assembled parts result in some contentious choices that could turn a few passionate fans into less enthusiastic Cornetto automatons.
The Army Of Darkness of Wright, Pegg and Frost’s Cornetto Trilogy, it is pumped full of the same DNA but has a divergent tone that may best shine with repeated viewings. As a closing chapter it satisfies. For those of you craving the good old days in today’s sea of gloom, it’s a sodding godsend.
Bravely refusing to rigidly adhere to a formula that has been so successful, Wright, Pegg and Frost’s Cornetto Trilogy closer has tonal shifts you won’t expect, but the same beating heart you’ve been craving.
Like Hot Fuzz, which was also built around a conspiracy of social improvement, The World’s End suffers ever so slightly from sluggish pacing. Its pub-crawl premise is both an inspiration and a minor liability: Though there’s clever symbolic value in having this nostalgic character literally retrace his steps, it becomes increasingly hard to buy—once the shit hits the fan, anyway—that Pegg and his posse would stick to the itinerary. Those are minor quibbles: Easily one of the year’s best comedies, the movie thrives off the chemistry between its leads, with Pegg painting a very funny portrait of emotional paralysis and Frost demonstrating a heretofore unseen talent for intimidation.