The World’s End is the third film in Edgar Wright’s Cornetto trilogy, a ?disconnected¿ trilogy including Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Each is a riff on one specific genre- Shaun of the Dead is a zombie movie, and Hot Fuzz is a cop film- but each mashes up and combines many genres. Edgar Wright’s brilliant film-making is at play in each as he appropriates the stylistic conventions of director’s like Tony Scott and bends it to his will. The World’s End is intended as the last of the trilogy and is a riff on atomic era Science-Fiction, specifically films like Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The movie stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, as well as a collection of actors Edgar Wright frequently works with. The World’s End is hands down one of the best films I’ve seen this summer.
The story starts with Simon Pegg’s character, Garry King, reminiscing about a pub crawl he attempted in his youth. The pub crawl was called the golden mile and includes twelve pubs from across the town they grew up in, Newporthaven. Garry King, realizing that failed pub crawl was the crowning moment of his life, assembles his childhood posse to attempt it again. He even manages to get his teetotal friend Andy Knightley, played by Nick Frost. His band of friends all sport medieval feudal titles as part of their name, alluding to a King Arthur theme bubbling beneath the surface. As the friends commence their pub crawl they begin to realize not everything about the town is as it seems. Things start to get messy when they realize robots abound,- and might not want them to leave.
The movie features all kinds of Edgar Wright staples. Just like Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead there’s a summary of portions of the pot hidden in the movie (in this case it’s the pub names). There’s lots of Edgar Wright’s brilliant visual style. Lots of hilarious jokes. Edgar Wright even manages to make Nick Frost look like he’s kicking total ass, the man is clever. This movie does stand out from Shaun and Fuzz in one way though- it’s way more emotional. Simon Pegg gives the performance of his career as Garry King, and manages to seriously tug a few heartstrings. It’s a wonderfully emotional end to the trilogy.
This movie is brilliant all the way through, right up to the pitch-perfect finale and wonderful epilogue. Simon Pegg has never done better work, and Nick Frost even gets to step away from the typical stoner loser he plays. I’m hard-pressed to find a flaw in Edgar Wright’s latest film. Don’t be fooled- boozy British comedies can be great films too, and The World’s End is great.