The World’s End (2013)
Running Time: 109 minutes
Directed by: Edgar Wright
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan
Part of Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy, The World’s End follows five childhood friends from Newton Haven who attempted an epic pub crawl back in 1990 but failed, so 20 years later, Gary King (Pegg) the leader of the gang searched for the group to finish their pub crawl. Reluctantly the four pals – Andy Knightley (Frost), Oliver Chamberlain (Freeman), Steven Prince (Considine) and Peter Page (Marsan) – followed King back to their home town, and as they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realized that the town they once knew is no longer what it used to be.
The first thing that caught my attention when watching this film was how well-shot, edited and choreographed the fight scenes were. This alone was pretty surprising after watching Wright’s previous films. Nick Frost in specific really stood out with better fight scenes than anyone else in the cast. Simon Pegg on the other hand really found his footing in portraying the drunk, messed-up, refuse to grow up character. The range of emotions that coursed through the character wouldn’t have been an easy job to portray but Pegg pretty much nailed it. I was truly surprised by him especially towards the end of the film. Not to forget, the main cast for the film did a fantastic job and had great chemistry with one another, I was hoping to see more of Martin Freeman.
The writing and direction for the film was more or less similar to that of the previous two Cornetto film – Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz – whereby the boys will go to some small town or embark on some sort of an adventure before stumbling into danger – in this case robots. The homage and references to pop culture were still hilarious to watch. This installment always kept some similarities or running jokes from the previous films. All in all, I loved the film and thought that Wright maintain the hilarity and up-the-game even more this time around especially with the fight scenes and special effects.
Overall, highly recommended to those who are fans of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s work, and also suitable to those who are looking for a good comedy filled with action sequences.
Rating: 7.5 out of 10