The World’s End

The World's End posterGoing into the final installment in the loosely collected Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy I have to admit I felt a certain amount of trepidation. While I have greatly enjoyed the ouvre of Wright, Pegg and Frost from Spaced to Hot Fuzz (including Scott Pilgrim vs The World and, to a lesser extent, Paul) the chances of striking fried gold once again were, to my mind, slim.

Well, thankfully, I was wrong and the trio once again combined to create a great film that is certainly one of the funniest I’ve seen in a long time.

Ostensibly dealing with a group of old school friends reuniting for a pub-crawl, much like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz there is another side to the movie too. Really this is where the trilogy aspect comes from as the movie once again deals with aspects of growing up and fitting in to the world along with the forces that act on us as ‘society’.

Simon Pegg as Gary King

Simon Pegg as Gary King

Also, as with the previous two films, this takes a genre as it’s starting off point so while Shaun dealt with zombies and Fuzz was action this is, in its way, sci-fi and once again its clear (as if we didn’t know already) that Wright, Pegg and Frost know their sci-fi movies as they create something that really does have the feel of a full blown sci-fi film, in the context of a very English pub crawl.

Stylistically Wright does pretty much everything we’ve come to expect but has added a few new tricks to proceedings and his time working in Hollywood is evident as certain aspects bring a much wider scope, particularly in terms of visual effects, than either of the previous movies, but it never deviates from the somewhat charming lo-fi feel that all the films have managed to maintain in the face of increasing budgets.

Nick Frost as Andrew Knightley

Nick Frost as Andrew Knightley

While Wright gets a chance to shine and show off some new things, so too do Pegg and Frost. In the past two films they have largely filled the roles of Pegg being the lead and Frost being the comedy sidekick, here though things feel a lot more even and, while Pegg remains the catalyst, Frost has been elevated to a near equal footing and a more serious, less comedy foil role (though that’s not to say both aren’t extremely funny throughout with the close relationship between their characters again being a pivotal plot point).

Backing up the lead duo are Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine and Eddie Marsan all of whom are also great with Eddie Marsan in particular becoming the more comic one of the group as the film goes on, though again all have their moments.

The World's EndTonally the film also has a few shifts that it would be hard to discuss without spoilers, but, suffice to say they give Pegg and Frost slightly more to do with their characters and, while not overbearing, add an extra sense of depth and help make the potentially otherwise 2D character of Gary King (Pegg) a little more rounded.

Much like its predecessors though it is a combination of all these things that make it such an enjoyable movie, as it treads a fine line of taking the sci-fi aspect too far, but never does, while also never letting the comedy overwhelm the plot and mixes a certain level of juvenile humour with more refined style to create something that it seems Hollywood comedy has lost the ability to do.

And here’s what the guys over at Sarnia Cinema thought of it:

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