Quirky and intelligent, The World’s End is an apocalyptically good time
The World’s End plot is a one-liner: five childhood friends reunite to finish off an epic pub crawl, which they had failed to conclude in their youth. Oh, and they also uncover a secret alien invasion on the way. Naturally.
With the all-British uber-team of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and co-writer/director Edgar Wright reunited, you can fully expect the same high-energy, sharply written experience that you had watching Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz. The World’s End is certainly more intelligent than other comedies released this summer – but is it funny?
Well yes, yes it is. The World’s End certainly delivers the laughs throughout, and it even did some things I didn’t expect it to (which I won’t spoil for you here). However, The World’s End is not as funny as its predecessors. You could have an endless debate about which is the funnier film between Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz, but unfortunately The World’s End just isn’t in the same league. To be fair, I’m sure that as long as you went into the cinema with an open mind that you would have a great time. But just don’t go in hoping for another Shaun Of The Dead, you will only be disappointed.
One of the greatest joys to be had with The World’s End is the riotous chemistry between the five friends, including Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, Martin Freeman and of course, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The group really play off each other brilliantly, and just watching them is great fun. The theme of male friendship is quite apparent in the movie, and indeed, this theme has been consistent throughout the entire Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy.
Praise must also be hurled in Mr Simon Pegg’s direction, who has taken a risk by abandoning the straight-man role he’s played in the previous entries of the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy. A risk which has paid off handsomely. In The World’s End, Pegg seriously flexes his acting chops in playing Gary King, a character who ruled in sixth form, but has since become an alcoholic and generally a bit of a loser. King is a terminally unhinged hedonist, and Pegg is bloody brilliant in the role.
The soundtrack is wonderful, with the likes of Happy Mondays and Blur featuring, and you might also see some familiar faces from past films in the trilogy pop up. On the other hand, I must say that I disliked the ending – but that’s just a little niggle I had. To put it really blunt: if you want to have a laugh and a good time – watch The World’s End. Just don’t compare it to its predecessors too savagely…