Having been a fan of the previous movies Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, I was really excited for The World’s End since it is the conclusion to the their Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy. Director Edgar Wright and actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reunite in this Sci-Fi comedy about five childhood friends reuniting in their hometown, after 20 years, to finish what they started – The Golden Mile – a drinking marathon at twelve different pubs. But this time, the town is not what it seems and they must fight, not only their own demons, but against out-of-this-world monsters.
The movie has a similar structure to the previous movies as the duo (Pegg and Frost) battle against the town of supernatural forces. Also in the film is a reference to cornettos, a fence scene, cameos by actors who were in the previous two films, pubs, and a feel good ending that leaves you feeling satisfied. Of course, this film is a bit different than the other two – it has a darker feel to it and a more mature tone. We see Pegg and Frost’s characters not getting along. Frost this time is portraying a mature, successful lawyer who wants to move on from his past and his hometown. It’s a nice switch for Frost, who was known to play the dimwitted sidekick in the last two films. This time, it is Pegg who is playing the immature character stuck in the past. His character, Gary, is self-absorbed and determined to bring the boys back together to finish The Golden Mile – at whatever cost.
Even though I was not used to seeing Pegg portray such a selfish role (I’ll be honest, Gary was a dick), he did a good job in convincing me of it. With every scene, we see Gary’s determination to partake in drinking in every pub in The Golden Mile, including drinking unfinished beer left behind by who God knows who, and continuing to drink even while in a pub fight. We also see another side of Gary in which Wright beautifully addressed: Addiction. Throughout the whole movie, we see Gary ignoring the pleas and emotions of his friends, disregarding all the chaos around him, and simply being a selfish prick — all for the sake of feeding his ego and addiction to alcohol.
Of course, the movie itself was hilarious. The characters involved in the film brought this story to life - Martin Freeman’s professional Oliver who was always on his Bluetooth and in business mode, Eddie Marsan‘s sweet and innocent Peter whom you grow to love as a character, and Paddy Considine‘s strong-willed Steven who has always loved Oliver’s sister Sam (Rosamund Pike). Although each were supporting characters, they held their own throughout the movie and were given their moments. Casting was spot on for these characters. You really get attached to each character and what happens to them. Not to spoil anything, but your heart will feel broken because of one of the character’s emotional speech.
The action scenes in this movie were well choreographed. Being a fan of kung-fu movies, I did enjoy their style of fighting that Frost called, “Pub-Fu.” I also did enjoy Frost’s character, Andy, go from straight-lace lawyer to “the Pink Hulk” when fighting the aliens. This is a hilarious scene seeing Frost, who is known for running away or being the secondary hero, kicking some serious alien butt. It’s a nice change of pace for Frost.
Overall, the movie was brilliant and a great conclusion to the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy. Not only did Wright put together this brilliant comedic story about an alien invasion, but he was able to include something deeper as well. Having watched practically all his films, Wright has matured as a director and it shows in this final installation of the trilogy. He begins telling a story about a group of friends coming back together to complete a pub crawl, mixing in an alien invasion, adding Gary’s underlying addiction problem, and providing a solution to everything at the end. The main character eventually finds salvation. Although it took a lot to get to the destination, ultimately the journey was worth watching. In the end, it all made sense. The storyline. The characters. The addiction. The solution. Wright tied it all together in the end and turned it into an epic movie.