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08 September 2013 @ 01:13 am
Film Review: The World's End  
The makers of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz bring you the final installment of the Cornetto Trilogy.



The basic premise is about Gary King (Simon Pegg) who as a teenager in his English village town tried to do the Golden Mile, a pub crawl that involves taking in 12 pints at 12 different pubs. Back in his heady teen years, he attempted this feat with his mates Andy (Nick Frost), Steve (Paddy Constidine), Oliver (Martin Freeman), and Peter (Eddie Marsan). They didn't make it. Many years later, the rest of his friends have moved on to adulthood but Gary remains fixated on finishing the Golden Mile. He manages to convince everyone to return to Newton Haven to do this, despite no one wanting to, particularly Andy who has a specific reason for being furious at Gary. Of course once the crawl starts, they realize the majority of Newton Haven has been taken over by blue-blooded aliens.

As I was on my way to see this movie, I texted a friend of mine who had already seen it, saying I was going to finally watch it. Her ominous reply back was that she hoped I'd had a few drinks before settling in. Having now seen the film I can see why she felt alcohol was needed but I didn't share her sentiment that this was a bad movie. If you take The World's End at its most superficial level, you can leave the theater feeling like it was a hilarious, ridiculous send up of Invasion of the Body Snatchers. And that would be fine. But if you sit through the film and take apart all its other themes about what it means to grow up and let go of your childhood, it's sort of a downer. I won't get into the ending of the film because that would be major spoilers but I will say Edgar Wright and his team give a finale that is very different from the previous installments which all concluded with your usual cliche happy ending. The World's End delivers all that it promises in terms of comedy but it is ultimately a very different film than Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

Acting all around was good with Nick Frost finally getting to play the mature, reasonable one of the group rather than the fuck up or the idiot. I give the Acting Award to him as he was able to play the uptight character well while still being wonderfully hilarious. Actually, just about everyone other than Simon Pegg got to be the mature ones in this film who by turns look exasperated and fed up with Gary's antics. Other than Frost who usually plays the fool, playing the eye rollers was hardly a stretch for anyone, especially Martin Freeman. He looked like he was doing his best impression of NBC's Hannibal in his immaculate plaid suit and coiffed hair and was more than at home playing someone who just wished the people around him would stop being stupid so he could go home.

Overall, The World's End is a nice finale to the Cornetto Trilogy. And while it offered up a different feel than its predecessors, at heart it is very much an Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost venture.
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aelfgyfu_mead: Hot Fuzzaelfgyfu_mead on September 8th, 2013 07:42 pm (UTC)
I'm afraid I saw the downer more than I saw the hilarious send-up! I felt too much for the characters, which is a credit to the actors but meant I enjoyed it considerably less than my husband did. I don't regret seeing it, though. Now I've seen the whole Cornetto Trilogy, so my life is complete. Um, almost.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on September 8th, 2013 07:49 pm (UTC)
I felt too much for the characters, which is a credit to the actors but meant I enjoyed it considerably less than my husband did.

There were several moments in the film when I started to feel rather depressed. Simon Pegg's character in particular made me want to cry a little at various points.

Now I've seen the whole Cornetto Trilogy, so my life is complete. Um, almost.

Same. I really wanted to see the last one in theater as I had the other two so I was glad it managed it. I went home wanting to watch the other two films, if anything to not feel quite so sad.