The final film in the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy director Edgar Wright decides to tell the bizarre story of five middle aged men determined to recapture their youth by attempting a twelve pub marathon of drinking, known as the golden mile. Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Martin Freeman lead the pack as they embark on an adventure normally reserved for insufferable teens in otherwise forgettable movies.
We are initially treated to a Simon Pegg narrated sequence in which we see our five heroes try and masterfully fail to do the golden mile as teenagers. This was a nice establishing sequence for all of the personalities that we would later meet in the film. Directly afterwards, we are introduced to Gary King (Simon Pegg) who is sitting in a group therapy session and realizes what his lifelong dream is; to complete the golden mile. He goes about recruiting each of his friends for another go at a drunken night of debauchery. Gary recruits Peter (Eddie Marsan), Oliver "O-Man" (Martin Freeman), Steven (Paddy Considine) and finally Andrew (Nick Frost) and they head back to their old stomping grounds of Newton Haven.
The story really begins to pick up once all five guys are well on their way through the pub challenge. I found the movie pretty slow up until they got to the 5th pub. Once the major reveal happens the movie goes from sluggish to classic Edgar Wright fun action. The hilarious reveal, much like the other two movies in the trilogy, is just plain odd. Apparently, Newton Haven has been overtaken by alien robots. Its the job of our five unlikely heroes to not only take out the alien robot menace, but also finish the infamous golden mile. The premise is wholly absurd and I loved every minute of it.
As the five guys make their way through the golden mile the audience is slowly given information as to what the team has been up to since they last saw each other. Edgar Wright has a tendency to put in moments of extreme seriousness into his otherwise comedic films. Those moments are jarring yet refreshing. Allowing us to see the range of Pegg and Frost especially. Dealing with issues of drug abuse, alcoholism, and life regret The World’s End manages to give us an interesting look at our own lives and what it means to hit middle age; all while taking on headless robot aliens of course.
Of all the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy films (Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz), The World’s End shows Simon Pegg at his best. As I stated before his range from loveable goofball to pathetic addict is great to watch, and I think he could handle a non-comedic role with ease. Nick Frost is on point per usual and just lays down the laughs and dramatic moments as he always does. He always play as the faithful sidekick to Pegg, but he is never the lesser of the two; strong performance all the way around. The rest of the cast was serviceable and did nothing to drag the movie down. However, outside of Martin Freeman the other guys got little to no attention. If I had one major criticism is that they aren’t given enough screen time. Also Rosamund Pike plays Martin Freeman’s sister. She was of course Simon Pegg’s love interest in Shaun of the Dead. She unfortunately didn’t have as much to do in this film, but she was enjoyable while on screen nevertheless. The World’s End was an easy sell for me as I really love the rest of this trilogy. If you are a fan of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz then this movie is more of the same. However, if this is your first foray into the Cornetto trilogy sit back and relax and enjoy the beer guzzling, alien robot punching lunacy that is The World’s End.
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