The World’s End (2013)

The World’s End (IMDB)

Marking the third entry into the ‘Cornetto Trilogy’ – which consists of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz – comes The World’s End. Telling the story of 5 estranged friends with one who’s simply not grown up – Simon Pegg’s fantastic Gary King – they go back to their old town to complete a pub crawl which ends up at the eponymous World’s End pub.
Director Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg have written another well-played screenplay which translates into a film which lovingly pastiches the films from which it is influenced – much like the previous two.
The roles of Pegg and Frost from Shaun and Fuzz have been reversed with Pegg playing the underachiever and Frost playing the ‘straight man’. This provides a new perspective as Pegg clearly relishes playing Gary and gives the trilogy a welcome lift. The supporting cast of Paddy Considine and Eddie Marsan are also very welcome screen presences and provide more of an ensemble feel rather than a buddy film.
The jokes are, in typical Pegg/Wright vein, full of film references and often childish – and that is in no way a bad thing. The balance of story, slapstick and jokes is well struck and the films 109 minutes flew by.
In the context of the previous two, Shaun of the Dead had problems and Hot Fuzz had problems and The World’s End is not perfect either. It does often stray into the too childish territory and it will ultimately be forgettable but whilst it’s on screen, it’s a good time.

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