This review seems shorter than usual, I’m trying something new! Here’s why.
It took 10 years but Simon Pegg and Nick Frost finally finished what they started when they said ‘hey maybe we should make a trilogy out of this’, little did they know the first two films would be so iconic the fans would not rest until they had a full set. The World’s End probably has the weakest plot of the three films but it does not disappoint on the fun, laughter and entertainment value.
The Plot!“Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind’s only hope for survival.” Thanks again IMDB.
Pegg and Frost are such a relatable duo that I can’t help feeling for their characters no matter what the story. There were moments in The World’s End that really tugged at the old heart strings and brought an actual real life tear to my eye (even a lip tremble!) but also guffaws of laughter. Helped along wonderfully by the hangers on such as Martin Freeman, David Bradley, and Paddy Considine as well as welcomed additions to the motley crew, Rosamund Pike and Eddie Marsan.
The group dynamic was believable and the initial plot summary narrated by Pegg was short and succinct. I very much enjoyed the change in Frost’s character due to certain events in the toilets, and the camaraderie that grows between the group. Pegg’s character won it for me though – witty, eccentric, wilful but heartbreaking and tragic at the same time. Everyone knows a Gary King that’s for sure. Plus the animation of the beheaded robot/blanks is great and the fight scenes were a lot of fun to watch! Their heads seems to smash like melons!
Not too many nods to the previous films Hot Fuzz and Shaun of The Dead that I noticed (but uber fans may have seen more), none the less the style, direction and writing are all obvious traits of a Pegg/Frost/Wright collaboration. The end may have been a tad lazy and perhaps the whole film seemed a little more Hollywood-esque, BUT I loved it and can’t wait to see it again!
I’d probably rate them… Hot Fuzz, The World’s End, Shaun of the Dead (but my Zombie hatred means I can’t fully appreciate the ‘genius’ of Shaun of the Dead!).