9 Sep 2013

'The World's End' Review

Director: Edgar Wright
Writers: Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright
Stars: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman
Running Time: 109 mins
Sub-Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Comedy
Release: August 2013

Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind's only hope for survival. After coming together after years apart from being childhood best-friends, they go back to their home town for fun and find out that the town has been taken over by robots, the must go through the pub crawl, bar to bar to survive the invasion. 

Part of the Cornetto Trilogy, The World's End finishes Edgar Wrights bright and comedic trilogy with Pegg and Frost.

The World's End, the third and final chapter to the massively broad Trilogy that involved two Brit Classics, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz took the UK by storm, and after giving it a watch, I am far from surprised with how it woo'ed audiences here and across the waters. The World's End could be the comedy event of the summer, and although it doesn't match the comedic flare of Shaun of the Dead, nor of Hot Fuzz, it is still a valuable and equally entertaining entry into the Cornetto trilogy (for future reference, it's the Cornetto trilogy as a cornetto appears in every entry one way or another; don't ask why.)

Perhaps not as strong as it was made out to be, scoring a whopping 90% on Rotten Tomatoes and a strong 7.6 on IMDB, it never quite reaches the comedic scale Shaun & Fuzz established, but makes up for some of that hollow space with creative bursts of loopy action and good 'old British humor. Nothing is ever really "hilarious", but with Simon Pegg's unhinged performance and some genuinely witty humor, it does a pretty fine job at making a comedy worth watching.

Fans of the previous two entries of the trilogy should enjoy The World's End more than Nick Frost enjoys his Cornetto's, but everyone else should give Shaun of the Dead a watch before leaping head-first into this one, and then, the recurring jokes that get funnier with entry progression will come naturally to you. In saying all this crap, you will enjoy The World's End as a comedy night-out at the cinema, and will hopefully be able to handle the absurd, fanatical narrative that accompanies the laughs.

Every silver lining is accompanied by a grey cloud unfortunately, and The World's End adds a dimmer to the bright two entries. Though it fits in well with the previous films, it never quite matches the greatness they both branded on the zombie and cop sub-genres; instead of leaving a permanent mark on the sci-fi comedy sub-genre, The World's End will be imprinted in the minds of those who enjoyed it, but the gags and action isn't strong enough to leave a lasting impression.

Performances are strong, strong enough to carry the film especially on Pegg's behalf, but the main character Gary King is perhaps a little too unlikable to make the coming events have the impact it deserved. The rest of the cast (and characters) become a valuable aspect of bringing the vibrantly rough narrative to life, and are likable enough to replace the hole Pegg's character had dug; by no means are they as strong as Pegg performance wise, but their characters are all a little more fleshed out and likable than he is... a strange thing really.

VERDICT: Nothing about The World's End is bad by any means, but nothing about it is memorable enough to cause a lasting impression; luckily, a strong cast, plot and action is enough to make a ludicrously fun comedy that delivers effective gags, making this a highly enjoyable final chapter into the Cornetto trilogy.


  1. Good review Jack. Very fun movie, especially when you throw a couple of pints down your throat beforehand. I wouldn't know, but I'm just guessing.

    1. Thanks Dan! I haven't done it with World's End, but I did with Texas Chainsaw 3D and it made that better so i'm almost certain it would make this twice as funny! Lets give it a shot shall we? Yeahh.



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