The World’s End, released in 2013, is the final comedy film in director Edgar Wright’s “Three Flavours Cornetto” trilogy, kicked off by the zombie parody Shaun Of The Dead. Of course, these movies are unrelated except for similar casting and all three feature Simon Pegg as the lead actor. It is worth noting the film was written by both Wright and Pegg.
Loser Gary King (Simon Pegg) convinces his old high school buddies Peter (Eddie Marsan), Oliver (Martin Freeman), Steven (Paddy Considine), and Andy (Nick Frost) to return to their old hometown Newton Haven, England to do a booze run in the town’s twelve bars including the famous World’s End. Their last day of school, they had made it to nine before passing out. Despite reluctance on the rest of the gang, King convinces them by telling them his mom has passed away.
When they arrive in the town, they run into Oliver’s sister Sam (Rosamund Pike), who once had a fling with Gary, but who Steven has a crush on. As they go from bar to bar, they start to notice that some things in the town appear odd. Most of the old residents don’t recognize them and seem overly observant. On the fourth club, Gary accidentally discovers some citizens have been replaced by murderous androids. Suddenly, a “Golden Mile” bar run (or a pub crawl as the British call it) becomes a battle for survival even as Gary keeps the gang going from pub to pub.
While this movie is not as good as the first two films, it definitely continues the vibe of parody that the series kicked off. Instead of zombies or neighborhood cults, it takes the apocalyptic science fiction and flips it on the head with some genius comedy. Where this movie fails is that it takes a long time to get to the point where the meat of the film takes place. I will say, that of the three, it is the most interesting concept.
I want to praise Pegg and Pike in particular. The other actors were decent, but Pegg and Pike had really good chemistry with a lot of banter. Pike delivered her lines with such incredible timing that it was nothing short of excellent.
Bottom line, while it was the weakest of “Three Flavours Cornetto” trilogy, it is still a fun, hilarious adult comedy that is good for a laugh.
FAVORITE QUOTE: Tonight, we will be partaking of a liquid repast as we wind our way up the Golden Mile. Commencing with an inaugural tankard in The First Post, then on to The Old Familiar, The Famous Cock, The Cross Hands, The Good Companions, The Trusty Servant, The Two-Headed Dog, The Mermaid, The Beehive, The King’s Head, and The Hole in the Wall for a measure of the same, all before the last bittersweet pint in that most fateful terminus, The World’s End. Leave a light on good lady, for though we may return with a twinkle in our eyes, we will be in truth blind – drunk!
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Strong violence, Foul language, Crude Humor, Minor Sexual Content
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This article has been updated from a previous version.