Doctor Who meets The Hangover in the latest (and last) instalment of the Cornetto Trilogy; The World’s End. Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are back on fine comedy form with a bigger and better cast than the previous two movies.
Five friends reunite 20 years after they failed to complete epic pub crawl ‘the golden mile’ to try it again. Gary King (Simon Pegg) dreams of reaching the final pub The World’s End but things go awry when a fight breaks out in the gents toilet and the group discover the ‘people’ of the town have become robots (aka ‘blanks’).
The World’s End has a very Doctor Who-esque feel to it but with a laugh out loud comedy twist. Simon Pegg is fantastic and both he and Frost break away from their usual roles with Frost being the intelligent reserved one and Pegg being the bumbling idiot. The cast is the main selling point of the film and the ‘five musketeers’, made up of Pegg, Frost, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan and Martin Freeman have a brilliant chemistry and bounce off each other with perfect comedy timing. The support cast is equally strong with Pierce Brosnan and David Bradley among others.
The story is over the top, far fetched and very very daft with obvious attempts to be deep and meaningful towards the end with lengthy scenes of Pegg debating with the leader of the alien/robot invasion about why humans don’t need their help to improve themselves. The small town setting is fitting with the other two films in the trilogy (Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz for any cinema illiterates out there) and works brilliantly when the blanks are out in their masses hunting the group down. Surprisingly these scenes are actually very tense and there is a kind of creepiness about the film, which I suppose is a theme that runs through all three.
The World’s End is a brilliant finale to a hilarious series that has made cinema history and arguably led the zombie-comedy
phase with Shaun of the Dead. The World’s End is laugh out loud funny with a brilliant cast and a relatively unique premise. Everything is done well from the comedic script to the visual effects and cinematography to the sound track. Pegg is fantastic and in this film is leagues above the rest with his performance as the alcoholic never-grown-up outcast. A film that you won’t regret a trip to the cinema to see.