The World's End
Out Now On-Demand
Good food, fine ales, total annihilation.
Dynamic filmmaking trio Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost complete their Cornetto trilogy (after Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) with this apocalyptic, pub-crawling, sci-fi comedy.
20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. The instigator is Gary (Pegg), a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens. His aim: to reach the fabled pub, The World's End, with his chums. En route, they discover that not only have they changed, but so has their home town. With a powerful force controlling the townsfolk, reaching The World's End is the least of their worries.
Rating: R13 Violence, offensive language & sexual references
Concluding their loose ‘Cornetto trilogy’ after Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, The World’s End sees director Edgar Wright reteam with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and the result is some of the best work they’ve committed to screen. Shaun may be almost ten years old (and their TV show Spaced even older), but the trio have lost none of their chemistry, with The World’s End benefiting greatly from these gentlemen being a little older and more experienced craftsmen. Wright in particular seems set on making the film his own, with lower levels of homage or parody than its predecessors.
As with their previous films there’s a strong genre component, this time honing in on late ‘70s/early ‘80s sci-fi (think The Stepford Wives, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, John Carpenter films and loads of UK telly). While this aspect of the film is gradually unveiled, the other major thread of The World’s End is on offer from the get-go, with Simon Pegg’s character spurring his 40-something mates on to revisit the best night of his life, an aborted teen pub crawl. Nostalgia falls under the spotlight just as squarely as sci-fi carry-on, but don’t think for minute that this is an overly serious film despite its musings on growing up.
Side-splittingly hilarious, The World’s End deftly balances its character work with lashings of comedy and impressive action sequences. These show how much of a grip Wright has on this stuff, hinting at what he’s capable of when he tackles Ant-Man for Marvel later this year. Bursting with great performances, full of gags, with more film references than you could shake a stick at and one hell of an ending, The World’s End is damn-near compulsory viewing.
Time Out London
Glad it Ended...
Definitely wasn't like "Hot Fuzz." It felt a little too "Try-Hard."
Nothing Stops the Drinking
If you're looking for a good reason to keep drinking. This movie is the inspiration you are looking for (not that I condone excessive drinking no matter how much fun it is).
Pegg and co decide it would be fun to relive a failed pub-crawl in an attempt to complete it many years later. Whimsically, they drink more that they can funnel and a sinister plot unfolds before their blood-shot, double glazed eyes.
A stout comedy, frothing with action and hilarity. Worth the cost of a pint and a bag of crisps.
An effervescent 3/5 from me
The World's End
The third and final installment in Edgar Wright's f**king brilliant Blood and Ice Cream trilogy. The World's End is Nostalgic, heartfelt and hilarious. A comedy that hits all the right notes. If there's one thing Simon Pegg and Nick Frost don't lack, it's chemistry. Simon Pegg is Gary King, a man tired of his dull life that wants to relive his teenage years, getting smashed, hooking up with girls, and starting bar fights. Nick Frost is Andy Knightley, grown up and living a successful career that has a complicated past with Gary who he was once friends with. One of my biggest concerns about the film is that they would focus too much on Pegg and Frost, leaving the other characters undeveloped. I was proved wrong. The supporting cast aren't underwritten and have enough screen time to get to know who they are. The witty humour from Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz is here. The action sequences are very impressive, I loved the ending, and it also features an awesome cameo from Pierce Brosnan. Edgar Wright has certainly matured as a director. If you asked me what I didn't like about the movie, I would probably say that it's the last of the trilogy. The World's End is essential viewing.
Great final edition to the blood and icecream trilogy
I can't say the twist was unexpected, but hey this film is good for a laugh. Simon Pegg's character is pretty well-developed, everyone elses not so much. If you're a fan of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul or ridiculous, excessive action and copious amounts of drinking this is probably a good film for you to see.
If you don't like Simon Pegg then save your money as he is in your face for the whole film.If you do like Pegg then you won't be disappointed.A good premise slightly spoilt by the usual over the top finish.Pegg's supporting cast are worth the watch.
A potential cult movie
Like Sean of the Dead, and Hot Fuzz, this one has similar cult movie potential - loved it..
Loved loved loved The World's End, riotously juvenile humour, littered with references to previous work and homage to other movies / genres, great one liners, fantastic cast of both the usual suspects and other familiar faces. I now want to see it again as there is far too much crammed in to be fully appreciated in one sitting. As good as Shaun of the Dead and/or Hot Fuzz? I'll tell you in a year or so when I have had to chance to view the required number of times.
Favourite (repeatable) line: 'As someone once said, to err is human...so....errrr'
Good for a laugh
I was lucky enough to go to the International Premiere of this in Wellington. Despite not being a huge fan of comedy films, this was fantastic! I don't know if part of it was having the director, main cast etc in the theater but the laughter was great. I thought it delivered exactly what it promised and had an awesome time!
Funny & Full-on British
I sat in the cinema laughing; but didn't leave the cinema laughing. I expected something more from it as its final trilogy -don't let me confuse you, it was extremely funny & I liked it- but I just felt a bit disappointed at the end. I just think the ending could have been much better.
Film is hilarious, lots of laughs; props to Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, & Martin Freeman - they were the funniest out of the bunch.
I was expecting a lot with this film but left feeling disappointed, I had read plenty of reviews so was expecting something special. Hot Fuzz has it over this film in a big way, sure there were a few laughs but not as much expected.