Published on July 19th, 2013 | by Emmanuel Stratford0
REVIEW: The World’s End
Summary: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright are back with the final film in their Cornetto Trilogy, sadly though it goes out with a whimper instead of a bang.
20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. Gary King (Simon Pegg), drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realise the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s, as reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.
Finally the epic Cornetto Trilogy comes to an end, with an interesting premise and cool sci-fi elements thrown in for good measure; this film is a wet dream to the fans of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright. Sadly though it never seems to get off the ground and kick into high gear with Simon and Nick playing against type in this third collaboration and it hurts the film. The pub crawl side of the story would have been fine by itself but the invasion from an otherworldly race seems to butt heads with the story rather than gel cohesively with it.
It also seems like more of a homecoming with all the cameos from their previous TV and films than a coherent standalone movie, you get distracted noticing all the bit players popping in and out of the film. That’s not to say the film is all bad, it’s not, there’s still great chemistry between everyone, especially between Pegg and Frost, it is quite funny but not as hilarious as the previous entries in their trilogy while the action is original, if a bit repetitive, and the alien race are terrifying, with a great nod to ‘the invasion of the body snatchers’.
Cast wise everyone does a bang up job, there are no standouts though, even Pegg who takes the lead role, a guy living in the past with no redeeming features, a little too far, it’s like Pegg and Frost switched roles from ‘Shaun of the Dead’ which is interesting in theory but falls apart pretty early on and never manages to get back that spark from the first 25 minutes.
I love these guys and their movies and was so hoping for a stunning film to live up to their past filmography and it may be just that this one is a grower in which I’ll steadily love it more and more as time goes by, but my initial reaction was one of disappointed. Better luck next time lads, now get the drinks in.
‘The World’s End’ is out in cinemas now.