Completing the cornetto trilogy (‘Shaun Of The Dead’ and ‘Hot Fuzz’) is The World’s End from Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
Here, Simon Pegg plays Gary King, whose life seems to have peaked 20 years ago when he and his pals went on an epic pub crawl to celebrate finishing college. They didn’t quite make all 12 pubs in their town of Newton Haven, so Gary is trying to get the old gang together to have another go at it. The rest of his buddies have moved on in their life and are less enamoured with the idea.
Still, we get to Newton Haven and get things underway, and it’s a pretty funny film. The film comments on middle-England town’s homogeneity, the second pub they visit being a funny example. The cast of actors (and actresses) are all incredibly capable; Simon Pegg always is and Nick Frost in particular is very good here and plays great against type, but the rest are a little underused. Nick Frost’s line leaving the school-themed venue is hilarious and his physical comedy timing even better.
There is also a big fight scene and that is fantastically filmed. It is very easy to follow what’s going on, very stylish and all the more impressive for having long shots rather than quick edits. A later clash sees the filming in a slightly drunker manner which suits the stage of the story.
A very strange and quite long ending perhaps, and a feeling that you’ve been here before, but a funny film nonetheless.
3 on 5.
Director: Edgar Wright
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan, Rosamund Pike UK Release: 19th July 2012