The final instalment to Edgar Wright‘s Cornetto trilogy, The World’s End has been one of the most highly anticipated comedies of this year. Focusing on five childhood friends – Gary King (Simon Pegg), Andy (Nick Frost), Oliver (Martin Freeman), Steven (Paddy Considine), and Peter (Eddie Marsan) – the film is centred on their reunion when they attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier. Hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again, Gary drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub – The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realise the real struggle is for the future, not just for theirs, but for humankind’s, as they unwittingly become humankind’s only hope for survival.
Set around the apocalypse, the film has an excellent cast boasting the brilliantly typical comedy of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, but whilst I laughed from start to end, it is my least favourite of the three.
Pegg and Frost are fantastic writers and regardless of the final outcome of the film itself, they always have created a great script to work with, with this latest film showcasing some of their excellent quotes and brilliant one-liners. Fortunately, they’re yet to make a film I don’t like, but that’s because they write it so well.
What I enjoyed most about this final instalment was the perfected cast. The combination of Pegg, Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, and Eddie Marsan is absolutely fantastic. This leading group is so much fun to follow and their conversations make for some big laughs. My only problem was that Pegg plays a somewhat unlikable character, however. His character works really well in the context of the story, but his broken, self-obsessed character is also the reason I couldn’t get into the film as well as I could with the other two films in the trilogy. That and the out-of-place epilogue was my only problem with the film really. Other than these two minor issues, The World’s End is much of what you know and love.
The World’s End is set to be released on DVD on 25th November.