The Worlds End

Directed By: Edgar Wright

Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Rosamund Pike, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, Bill Nighy, Pierce Brosnan

Synopsis: A group of friends reunite to take another run at an epic pub crawl, only to find that their old town is not what they remember.

Thoughts: This was another movie that I was really looking forward too.  The World’s End is the conclusion of Edgar Wright’s trilogy, the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy.   Shaun of the Dead is one of the best Horror Comedies you can find and Hot Fuzz is an underrated parody as well.  The movies actually have nothing to do with one another, other than a running theme of growing up and becoming an adult.

The cast is led by two familiar faces in Wrights movies; Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.  Pegg is fast becoming a very big star in Hollywood, having a recurring role in the current 007 and Star Trek franchises.  Frost hasn’t been quite as fortunate in fostering his career, but he’s a regular part of Wright’s trope, that’s for sure.  There are a couple of other notable faces throughout the movie as well, including Martin Freeman and Pierce Brosnan (meaning we have Scotty, Bilbo and James Bond all on screen together!)  In both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, Simon Pegg played the “straight-man” while Frost was his irresponsible friend and side-kick.  In The World’s End, this was reversed, with Pegg playing the eternal fuck up.  This was done intentionally, and was something that Pegg really wanted to happen.  Personally, I felt they meshed better in the first two movies, but probably because that is what I had initially seen.  It was a bit of a distraction for me, as was Pegg’s somewhat ridiculous black hair.

Edgar Wright has made his name with this trilogy, a deservedly so.  His ability to blend English humor with his love of genre movies is second to none.  The World’s End is a bit more mature than the previous entries, but it doesn’t lack in humor.  While Scott Pilgrim, his other major cinematic release, wasn’t a favorite of mine, I still thought it was pretty good.  He’s also been slated to direct Ant-Man, one of several Marvel titles coming out. I’m pretty interested to see what he does with it, as he’s shown that he can handle action sequences in Hot Fuzz and The World’s End.

Quite honestly, The World’s End is my least favorite of the trilogy, but that isn’t too say it isn’t a good movie, because it is.  It is different than its predecessors and really is a fitting conclusion to Wright’s vision, but I think I was looking for more of what we were treated to in Shaun and Hot Fuzz.  I will be revisiting this movie, and probably sooner rather than later, because I think I will enjoy it more the second time around.  Fans of the first two movies should check this out, but go in knowing that there are some differences than the first movies.

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