It’s Last Call For The Cornetto Trilogy – ‘The World’s End’ Review

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World's End New FIlm PosterEdgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost are at it again, and they’ve brought some friends along for the ride in the long awaited finale to their Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, The World’s End.
Twenty years after a failed attempt at The Golden Mile, an epic twelve bar pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite in their hometown to try again. But there’s something different, even sinister about Newton Haven, and they may not make the final pub. Again.

This movie was not what I was expecting. It is a movie about growing up and the bonds of friendship disguised as a science fiction film. It focuses quite a bit on the strained friendship between Gary King (Pegg) and Andrew Knightly (Frost), and there are truly some somber notes played there. Playing against type, making Nick Frost the one with his life together, mostly, with Simon Pegg being the screw up, was a brilliant move, and Pegg attacks his role with abandon and charm. However, Nick Frost steals every scene he is featured in, especially the fights.

But this is truly an ensemble cast, with many veteran actors putting in great performances. The main cast is rounded out with Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan, and Rosamund Pike, but even smaller parts have great actors such as Michael Smiley, Pierce Brosnan, Mark Heap, and David Bradley.

The story takes its time getting to the action, spending more time letting us get to know the characters, and getting a feel for the way the react toward one another. You really do feel a history between these five friends, with all of the good and bad that entails. It is very much a slow burn for the first third of the film, but once the action starts, it doesn’t let up until the bitter end.

The fight scenes really stand out, both from Wright’s superb directing, and from the “we’ve never seen anything like THIS before” choreography. The “robots” are metaphors, they represent what most twenty/thirty-somethings fear most, the threat of uniformity, predictability, and the boredom that comes with growing into a responsible adult, but in the end that’s something we all eventually have to do.

The dialog is what you’ve come to expect from these filmmakers, playing fast and loose with puns, turns of phrase, and wordplay. While there aren’t as many notable, quotable lines as their previous films, the dialog is still memorable in many places, and quite funny.

As usual, Edgar Wright’s directorial and editorial flourishes keep the scenes moving perfectly, for the most part, whether a heartfelt moment, or a fight in a bathroom. His transitions and screen wipes are as creative as ever, as are his unique camera angles. This is a man who comes into a movie with a particular vision, and never deviates from it.

While maybe not as funny as the previous movies in the cycle, The World’s End has many great moments, and is a fitting end to the Cornetto Trilogy.

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