So now the final instalment of the cornetto trilogy is upon us. I say trilogy, they’re a three completely different films directed by Edgar Wright and starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and ice cream. Ever since Shaun of the Dead became the internally beloved classic that it is, Hot Fuzz has trailed behind it as an extremely cleaver and funny take on the american action movie it was in the end uneven. So after their take on horror and action, now we have Sci-Fi in the form of the The World End. Pegg stars as Gary King, an unlikable 40 something, unable to move on from his teenage life. In an effort to reclaim that crown of glory, he finds his old friends from school to re-attempt the Golden Mile. A pub crawl that consists of twelve pints in twelve pubs that the five friends never did finish all those years ago. As you’d expect things don’t go to plan, what with an alien invasion and all that but they’ll be damned if that will stop them from completing the challenge.
At worst, The Worlds Ends feels like a film made on obligation, made purely because of public demand. However as far as obligations go, it is pretty excellent stuff. Consistently funny through out, it never fails to entertain with fine drunken banter from a fantastic supporting cast such as Martian Freeman, Eddie Marsan and Paddy Considine holding their own with the best of them. Of course Wright and co make this more than just a comedy, the action set pieces are so incredibly well executed that they wouldn’t seem out-of-place in a Jackie Chan film. You have to give it credit for going down an unexpected dark path that in the end relays more acting and character devilment rather than hitting and running. Considine could be called the third lead as tis long-lost romance with Oliver’s (Freeman) sister Sam (Rosamund Pike) gets a second chance and is a real testament to his acting abilities, with the limited screen time he has gives you everything you need to root for just by giving a gazing look as Gary tries to steal that glory away for his own selfish needs. The real heart of the story belongs to Pegg and Frost as always. With the roles reversed slightly with Pegg playing the fool and Frost as the straight man, their relationship is the most fractured to start with which of course as the drink flow more and more, their old bond starts to repair itself.
Shaun of the Dead was always a hard act to follow Shaun being a stable favourite all these years but the Wright, Pegg and Frost have somehow managed it. In some ways Worlds Ends finds more simulates with the RomZomCom than with Fuzz however never quite achieved that warm heart that made everyone fall in love with it. That’s not to say that there isn’t one at all, it’s just a darker and more cynical this time around..