Filed under: Film Reviews | Tags: 2013, ★★★★1/2, Film Reviews, THE WORLD’S END
WORLD’S END, THE
Action/Comedy/Sci-Fi, Rated MA15+, 107 Minutes.
Starring: Rosamund Pike, Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost
Available 5 December – Outdoor from 5 February 2014.
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.
The comedy team that brought you the brilliant Shaun of the dead and Hot Fuzz are back for the third instalment of what they describe as the Cornetto Trilogy. With strawberry going to Shaun of the dead, Hot Fuzz getting vanilla and The World’s End going mint. I just hope Cornetto come up with some more flavours because these films are a lot of fun.
Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright are obviously massive film geeks and all three films heavily reference and pay homage to other films of their genre, while managing to add their own totally unique style. The World’s End takes us to ‘Village of the Damned’ and ‘Invasion of the Body Snatchers’ territory as Gary King (Pegg) plans a pub crawl with the reluctant mates from his youth. It’s a brilliant take on getting the band back together, as Gary works his magic on getting his old mates from the 90’s to finish a pub crawl they failed to complete. The same night that just happened to be the greatest night of Gary’s life, and a night his ‘mates’ would rather forget.
The soundtrack and Gary are drenched in 90’s nostalgia and it appears that he’ll never see another night as good as that first pub crawl ever again. What could have been a really boring set up for the action actually becomes the best part of the film with the help of great characters, super sharp dialogue and Pegg giving his best performance yet.
When the gang finally get to Newton Haven it soon become clear that things have changed, it all looks the same but something’s different. As soon as you work out what’s happening in the town, the film goes for broke, and although it was a lot of fun it did take me out of the movie for a while. It turns into an invasion movie much like the film Dusk till Dawn suddenly shifted from a crime film into a vampire film. As soon as I acclimatised to the second half however I found it an enjoyable drunken and violent ride all the way to The World’s End. The fight scenes are impeccably choreographed and Nick Frost’s bar stool hands and the blank fitted with crazy leg arms are totally nuts.
Perhaps with a slower integration of the blanks into the story The World’s End may have reached the lofty heights of Shaun of the Dead but unfortunately it falls a little short of that killer first album. However it’s still an excellent and extremely funny film and on ranking the trilogy, it would come a strong second with Hot Fuzz close behind.
Review out of five stars: ★★★★ ½ Stars
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