Film Review : The World’s End (2013)

IMDB Score – 7.2
Rotten Tomato Score – 89%

Directed By – Edgar Wright
Starring – Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan, Roseamund Pike, and Pierce Brosnan

Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind’s only hope for survival.

As stated in my previous post, I’m going to be seeking out the films of 2013 that I procrastinated on seeing in the theater when they were released. First up is the third and final installment of the now infamous “Cornetto Trilogy” which was preceded by one of my favorite films of all time, Shaun of the Dead, and a vastly under appreciated Hot Fuzz.

Honestly, I think this is the most fun out of the three but not necessarily the best. Simon Pegg once again proves he’s one of the best comedic actors working today. His role in Shaun of the Dead might be the best of his career but this role certainly pushed for the title. He is hilarious albeit a bit annoying in this one. I think you just have to buy into the character to see past the frustrating way he carries himself to see what a great character study Pegg and Edgar Wright penned up. Wright has always been almost masterful in pacing. If you have ever seen Scott Pilgrim then you know what I mean. This film doesn’t take a breath the entire time. It’s almost two hours but they FLEW by like I’ve never seen. I honestly wish it was longer because of how much fun it was. The writing is to thank but it also is blessed with a perfect cast.

Usual tag team partner Nick Frost sits opposite Pegg in a starring role, but this time roles have been reversed and it is Frost who has the smart head on his shoulders. Paddy Considine (Please direct another film), Martin Freeman, and the always incredible Eddie Marsan make up the supporting three friends who each have their moments, especially Marsan. I ended up giggling a lot by how his character Peter sees most of the world. The five of them together is enough to see this movie.

This film has the unfortunate luck of having a trailer force feed the entire plot to us in two minutes so the twist in the middle is not surprising in any way but there are still great little nuances to the threat the five face throughout the second half of the film. That’s where the fun really is to be had, the second half, but the first is equally as good. I live in a town with people like Simon Pegg’s character Gary. People hold on to their youth and instead of creating new memories, they hold on to the old ones. Gary is the driving force behind the films main theme which in my eyes was to experience life to the fullest despite what other people tell you to do. I’ll admit that whole thing seems a bit cheesy but they really pulled it off here. The film also has some incredible fight scenes and great special effects. The only thing I can say I didn’t like was the films ending but by that time I was having too much fun to really care.

It’s a great way to end a hilarious, emotional, and just f’ing fun trilogy.


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