The World’s End
I have to admit, I was afraid The World’s End was going to disappoint me. I’ve been a huge fan of Wright, Pegg and Frost since their days on Spaced. Knowing this is the last flavour of the Blood and Ice Cream trilogy I was actually a little concerned that this wouldn’t live up to my expectations. I expect Wright and co. were probably afraid of the same thing.
I can honestly say that I was being silly, because The World’s End provided a hilarious cap to this oddball trilogy and in some ways is quite a departure for the team. Unlike previous films where Simon Pegg is the more straight-laced one to Nick Frost’s screw up, In The World’s End it’s the other way around. It is Simon Pegg’s Gary who refuses to grow up. Stuck in the 90s, convinced that his best years are behind him, he gets together his band of old school chums to once and for all conquer the Golden Mile, a pub crawl that ends at the The World’s End pub. Nick Frost on the other hand plays Andy, the straight-laced one who no longer drinks and has an excellent reason to be very pissed off at his old friend Gary.
Accompanying Frost and Pegg are Oliver, played by Martin Freeman, who was the first to go down the last time the group tried to conquer the Golden Mile; Steven (Paddy Considine), Gary’s arch rival for the affections of the beautiful Sam (Rosamund Pike), Oliver’s sister; and Peter (Eddie Marsan) who spent his school years being bullied and does not need a walk down memory lane.
Of course, as the trailers very quickly give away, nothing is quite as it seems, when the “Five Musketeers” return to their home town of Newton Haven. You see, the town’s people have been replaced by robots (or not quite robots? There’s some debate about that during the film). Thus begins Wright and Pegg’s take on just about every 50s paranoia film, not to mention a healthy dose of John Wyndham references.
But this is a Cornetto film, so along with the alien stuff, there are plenty of laughs and you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for all the guest appearances, including several of the cast of Spaced, numerous actors from other Cornetto movies and a surprising appearance by another Bond star.
AS I said at the beginning of this review, I was afraid The World’s End might disappoint. About halfway through the film I thought maybe I was right. Not that it was a bad film, because I was thoroughly enjoying myself, it just didn’t feel as fresh as Hot Fuzz or even Shaun of the Dead. But the second half of the film really makes up for it. There’s some truly engaging scenes between Pegg and Frost, and the end of the film, without giving anything away, is both jaw dropping and a hilariously appropriate way to end the trilogy.