Before you read my review, stop and go see this movie immediately! If you’re still here then we can continue as per our normal process. In this case I will be gushing about said movie and vomiting hyperbolic statements ad nauseum. So, The World’s End is Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s final chapter in the legendary (it will go down this way) Cornetto Trilogy and it is absolutely wonderful in every way.
As most will know the Cornetto Trilogy aka The Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy started with the excellent and hilarious take on the zombie genre, Shaun of The Dead and continued with the dense riotously funny genius that was Hot Fuzz. I think most thought that it would be a long while before we got the finale’ to the trilogy but here we are 7 years on and it turned out that we were in fact going to wait longer than a while but now we have the epic end to this flawless trilogy. To say this one tops the others may be a bit misleading and disingenuous. In my opinion they all attain a certain greatness that is hard to match against the others. Shawn of The Dead had a small group of people fighting against zombies, while Hot Fuzz on the other hand had an enormous cast and told the twisting tale of a small town with a dark secret shot through an action comedy cannon.
So, what were we going to get with The World’s End? A perfectly crafted, witty, hilarious, alien invasion sci-fi action adventure with nods to Withnail and I, Scorsese’s After Hours and maybe some Blade Runner for good measure. As much as this is about these guys fighting their way through hordes of robots trying to figure out what the deal is with this town (to see this alone is worth the price of admission), it’s more about Simon Pegg’s character Gary King finishing what he thinks is the only thing that matters in his life, the epic pub crawl in his hometown Newton Haven, and bringing his long lost brothers along with him for the ride at any cost. This is the thing that gives this movie its emotional core and makes all the action and robot crushing seem like icing and cherries on top of this perfectly baked cake. The perfectly baked cake being Gary King and his relationship and history with his friends. It’s executed fairly perfectly, hence my comparing it to a perfectly baked cake. This is coming together nicely.
This may come as no surprise to some, but every aspect of this movie is pitch perfect. Perfectly acted by its cast and perfectly photographed, co-written and directed by Edgar Wright. Since I’ve mentioned the cast I may as well gush about them for a moment. Along with Simon Pegg there is a slew of others but our main players here are as follows; Nick Frost playing the screwed over best friend Andy Nightley, Martin Campbell playing the oblivious uptight realtor Oliver Chamberlain, Paddy Considine playing the indifferent jaded Steven Prince and last but far from least Eddie Marsan playing the poor bullied car salesman Peter Page. There are literally around fifty people billed in this movie and it would take a thousand words to even scratch the surface here but I can tell you that they all perform their part flawlessly and fuel the story appropriately. As with Hot Fuzz, this is executed in a way that could only be pulled off by someone like Wright, PTA and of course Robert Altman. Of course other directors have done large ensemble casts well but few can actually pull something this large off and make it all seem perfectly coherent.
So how does this film fit into the “Summer Blockbuster” fold as this is technically still Summer and this is going to be a big hit, I hope. Not very well, if you ask me. The main reason is because it turns out that this is actually a really fantastic movie. Who knew that you don’t have to spend 200 million dollars on a movie that will probably suck because people want more than spectacle, ‘splosions, cars, babes, bikinis, motorcycles, dick jokes and low brow humor about the size of a gentleman’s sausage. They want to laugh, they want to witness something human, they want to feel for the main character and maybe empathise with them. If you’re going to just throw money around, maybe throw it in the direction of directors that have an inkling and actually care about characters and story and ideas that flow together and make sense. Hint: I’m talking about guys like Edgar Wright, specifically The Worlds End. In fact this film could prove to be the manual in which all summer blockbusters could follow. How to make a cost effective, fantastic film full of bombast, action and humor that will most likely win people over due to its likeability and creative spark. Butts in the seats and great films. Sounds like a place I want to visit, if I were a Hollywood exec of course. So there is really only one, real, blueprint for success as of right now (maybe one more that I hate to mention). You have Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy (of course) and somehow people really love those robot movies with Shia Labeouf. Who knew. So now you have The Cornetto Trilogy… at least in MY dreams you have The Cornetto Trilogy. Maybe in the future.
So, here we are at the beginning of the end of the end of the The World’s End review. Thank you Edgar Wright and company for putting out incredible films and bringing so much joy to everyone’s life with each successive movie. This is the most fun I have had at the movies in a long time. The Worlds End couldn’t be better in my mind. Its the perfect send off to one of the most fun trilogies ever conceived and I am glad I got to see it live and in person. So, to sum up. Go see this movie, now.
I give it a 5 out of 5
By Brandon Bray