Director: Edgar Wright
Screenplay: Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright
Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, Rosamund Pike, Pierce Brosnan, David Bradley, Michael Smiley and Bill Nighy.
The World’s End acts as the last installment in the unofficial “Three Flavours Cornetto” trilogy. It is fair to say that this trilogy has made stars of the trio: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright, but does The World’s End equal it’s predecessors in terms of hilarity and entertainment? The simple answer is a resounding yes. In fact after watching it for the second time it is now my favourite of the three.
Five childhood friends ( Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan) reunite (reluctantly) many years later to accomplish a task which they failed to complete in their teenage years: twelve pubs, twelve pints and all the chaos and mayhem that follows. However the five friends soon discover this is no ordinary pub crawl (is there ever an ordinary pub crawl?) as they soon discover their hometown has been taken over by robots.
One of the most appealing attributes of “The Three Flavours” trilogy is it’s theme of friendship and comradery and who better to convey this theme than the delightful duo Simon Pegg and Nick Frost? Whenever these two are on screen the chemistry is always evident of between these two best friends. Our protagonist Gary King sums this up perfectly: “That feeling that we could take on the whole f**king universe”.
The entire cast puts in strong performances (Martin Freeman seems to be in everything these days) but Simon Pegg in particular puts in an excellent performance. Simon Pegg over the trilogy has constantly improved and matured his acting and this improvement is clear in The World’s End. Playing Gary King gives him the opportunity to convey his acting apparatus; Gary King is the definition of a tragic protagonist, on the surface he is obnoxious, arrogant and selfish. However you can always tell there is something more to the man, a human side. Simon Pegg walks the tightrope between being an unlikable character who eventually grows on you and a character who is outright unsympathetic with finesse.
After delving into the zombie and action genre Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright venture into the land of science fiction and comedy. Prior to watching the film I thought the science fiction element would be diluted, generic and hollow. However I was pleasantly surprised with the amount of depth present in the science fiction side. It explores interesting subjects, the reason behind Humanity’s quick advancement and the need for universal harmony and efficiency as apposed to individual unpredictability.
The World’s End is a hilarious, fun pub-crawl experience (I don’t not wish to encourage the activity of a pub crawl as I do not condone alcohol abuse on my blog 🙂 ). I realise that the high rating may take some of you a back but I enjoyed it too much to give it anything different. I mean come on who can’t enjoy watching ten men fighting in a small pub toilet and that half of these man are robots?