The World’s End (2013)

From the guys who brought you cult classics like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, comes their newest installment in their cornetto trilogy, The World’s End! This trio of guys (Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright) have previously delivered two of my favorite comedies of all time. With The World’s End, they just might have added a third film to that list.

The World’s End opens with a seemingly heartfelt monologue from Gary King (Simon Pegg) about his high school years that he loved so much. In particular, he loved his best friends with whom he attempted the Golden Mile! What is the Golden Mile you ask? 12 Pubs in one night. Unfortunately for Gary and his friends, they never made it to the last pub, The World’s End. After this monologue, we see Gary finishing his story in a special care facility. His holding on to the past prompts him to get the gang back together so that they can finish what they started when they were kids!

First, Gary goes all over London to find his best mates. He gathers up Peter (Eddie Marsan), Oliver (Martin Freeman), Steve (Paddy Considine) and the reluctant Andy (Nick Frost). Next, Gary takes the gang back to their hometown of Newton Haven in his old vehicle that he had back in high school. It’s that little fact that makes the rest of the guys think that Gary is stuck in the pass. Regardless of that, they make their way to the first pub, The First Post! There, everything has been modernized and feels too homey. They order up four beers and one tap water… WHAT! That’s right. Andy orders a tap water because he’s been sober since the last time they attempted the Golden Mile.

By the time the reach the fourth pub, The Cross Hands, the lads begin to notice that something strange is going on around town. The people seem a bit off and the overall feel to the town is odd. They also are beginning to get tipsy, so that could just be their imagination. However, people they used to know don’t seem to remember them, so that’s always a bit confusing. Things get even weirder when Gary encounters a strange young man in the restroom. They get into a bit of a brawl and things begin to go south from there… All I’ll say is, things get weird and the town has definitely changed.

This whole film is chock full of hilarious lines and witty comebacks from these five best friends! There are familiar elements from Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz in this film, but The World’s End also ventures into the SciFi realm. In my opinion, this film catches you completely by surprise and will have you entertained from the get-go! Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are shining examples of comedic actors who prove that there is hope for comedy in the future. I’m hoping that the miraculous trio continues to make films together because they work so well together and make some of the best comedies! There really isn’t too much wrong with this movie! However, if you’re looking for more great things about this film or for a few of this films shortcomings, keep reading for my Top Ten Thoughts on The World’s End!

My, how these two have grown up. With "The World's End" being the trilogies closer, I wonder what they'll do next?
My, how these two have grown up. With “The World’s End” being the trilogies closer, I wonder what they’ll do next?

What I Enjoyed

What I Didn’t Enjoy

Simon Pegg’s ability to play most any role is very impressive!

Some of the British humor may dissuade people due to their use of two different “C” words.

Nick Frost, while reserved at first, plays a more aggressive role this time.

Some people may not like the similarities between this film and Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. I, however, thoroughly enjoyed them.

Martin Freeman as not Bilbo Baggins or Doctor Watson is great! He’s really funny and gets to show that.

Some of the humor is very witty and clever, so you’ll either have to pay close attention to dialog or think about a line to understand it better.

Paddy Considine, one of the best parts about Hot Fuzz, has that sly and witty humor down!

You will probably laugh so hard that you will miss some important or funny dialog. I guess a second viewing would be in order…

Eddie Marsan, who I’ve mainly seen do serious roles, is really funny here and I want to see more of him now!

Unfortunately, we don’t get a lot of exploration into Freeman, Considine and Marsan’s characters in the film.

This movie’s premise is incredibly bizarre, but I love it!

The shift in pace and style is very abrupt in this movie. At times, it got distracting.

These Brits know how to make a comedy. Great blends of humor and hints of reality as well.

At times, the absurdity of the premise may make the more serious aspects of the film less believable or harder to focus on.

The action sequences in this film and really well done and they certainly had me entertained.

The last 30 minutes of the film does seem very rushed. There isn’t as much story telling going on by then.

This film has one of the best endings that I’ve seen in a long time.

The film’s two hour runtime does feel pretty close to two hours.

The trio of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright has yet again proved that they are comic geniuses.

As funny as this film is, I’m not quite sure how it stacks up when compared to Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.

Overall:

Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright’s closing film in their cornetto trilogy is certainly one of the funniest and most enjoyable films this year. The three of them work so well together and I’m really going to miss their movies. While The World’s End may not be better than Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz, it still manages to you laugh harder than you have in a while, while still having an absurd story. The cast is great and the film is amazing! It’s a great way to end the Summer movie season, so I would suggest you go see it as soon as you can!

The World’s End Trailer! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n__1Y-N5tQk

4.0 STARS!!!

4 / 5 stars     

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