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Simon Pegg
Nick Frost
Rosamund Pike
Paddy Considine.
Directors
Edgar Wright.
Screenwriters
Simon Pegg
Edgar Wright.
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The World's End
A pint of Cornetto if you please, Mr. Landlord


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Plot
Pegg’s Gary, a local hero in his head, reunites the old gang to return home and finally complete the legendary Golden Mile of 12 pubs. Aliens complicate the route.


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The World's End
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Simon Pegg, a man most recently seen on screen getting twatted with a strange little alien guy with a face like a cat’s anus, in a space-bar resembling Mos Eisley interbred with The Blue Oyster, starts this, his next film, in an austere counselling session. And if you think that’s brave, just wait ’til you get to the end of The World’s End. For that is truly mental. Here is a movie that may be big budget, but has clearly avoided being plotted by committee, test-carded to within an inch of its life, or had the helpful input of anyone from accounts.

How we get from this start to that finish is rather more familiar, although too peppered with twists to be properly discussed here. Safe to say, there are barroom brawls, witty musical interludes and movie references galore. In-between the bravura bookends (each narrated separately by Pegg and then Nick Frost, in a neat individualisation 
of their buddy-buddy routine), the filmmakers stick very much to the formula that worked so well for them in Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz. This time their skewered paean is aimed at the science-fiction genre instead of horror or action, but the result is the same delicious mix of the deliriously ramshackle and wonderfully whimsical. And who didn’t want a Ford Granada when they were a kid?

It certainly feels like a final finale for the gang, building in scale from its predecessors, if losing some of their emotional beats in the process. The World’s End absolutely delivers on its premise and nearly does on its promise. It is very much the movie you were expecting, if not quite the one you could have hoped for.

In this summer in particular, it 
is undoubtedly refreshing to watch an entire movie and not see someone or something being lobbed into a skyscraper. Still, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that some of this movie’s USP has been slyly pinched from under it by the unexpected arrival of the similarly titled and sometimes similarly plotted This Is The End. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg may favour outlandish masturbation monologues over subtle interplay, but often the two separate stories intersect, at once highlighting the English-American divide in comedic sensibility and emphasising their shared influences.

The World’s End’s problem is more that it starts slowly. The elongated preamble may well all make sense come the final reel, but when you’re sat watching the first, it feels a little flat. The plot needs our heroes to come to life to really kick into gear, which they thankfully do wonderfully, Pegg freed from his Linda-Hamilton-from-T2 institutional digs, Frost dragged out of his dreary office, and Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine and Eddie Marsan conned along for the journey. Once we join them in the back seat of that aforementioned Granada, tape player belting out The Soup Dragons, the ride can properly be enjoyed.

Frost has never looked better. Mainly because in this movie he looks like Rosamund Pike. In striving for a different riff on the familiar easy dynamic between Pegg and Frost, those lovely intimate moments between the two — the shed at the end of Shaun, the sofa in the middle of Fuzz — have been sacrificed for something more interesting. And so it is that the real relationship gold to be found in The World’s End lies between Pegg and Pike’s old flame. With a shared history of romps in the disabled toilets as teens, theirs is a reunion that starts off awkward but softens into genuine feeling. Bombarded with drunken declarations from our heroes (“I’ve always loved you… And I’m not just saying that ’cause I’ve had seven pints”), she is a beleaguered joy. And, trust us, “We’ll always have the disableds,” 
is the new, “Nobody’s perfect.”

Other highlights include a genius pub fight in which Pegg’s Gary tries, Buster Keaton-style, to at once do battle and not spill his pint, a hilarious recurring gag about Marsan’s wife (Vanessa, for the record), and the trio’s typically spot-on observations on the idiocy of the male ego — Pegg, busted by Pike for having once slept with twin girls, declaring, “I’m not proud of it! Well, a little bit...” While its continued digs at “the Starbucking” of society reaches a crescendo with a terrific sight gag about the dreary trend towards chain pubs polluting the planet.

The Army Of Darkness of Wright, Pegg and Frost’s Cornetto Trilogy, it is pumped full of the same DNA but has a divergent tone that may best shine with repeated viewings. As a closing chapter it satisfies. For those of you craving the good old days in today’s sea of gloom, it’s a sodding godsend.


Verdict
Bravely refusing to rigidly adhere to a formula that has been so successful, Wright, Pegg and Frost’s Cornetto Trilogy closer has tonal shifts you won’t expect, but the same beating heart you’ve been craving.


Reviewed by Mark Dinning

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CRAP

not funny at all ... More

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Posted by purplegnome at 10:11, 10 December 2013 | Report This Post


RE: underwhelmed

A PILE OF SHIT. ... More

Posted by CRUNT at 13:29, 17 November 2013 | Report This Post


RE: underwhelmed

First viewing - 8.5/10. But second viewing 9.5/10. It certainly grows on you. Smart, funny, charming, poignant, action-packed, spectacular at times - what more do you need? And Nick Frost was absolutely phenomenal. Maybe the third watching will be a 10.5/10 :) ... More

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Posted by bozo at 02:14, 14 November 2013 | Report This Post


RE: The World's End

Overall it kept me entertained and the cast were very good. However the longer it went on the more it dragged and some scenes needed to be more sharply edited. The weakest of the trilogy but still a fitting way to end it. Very likeable. ... More

Posted by ElephantBoy at 13:28, 05 September 2013 | Report This Post


RE: The World's End

After the superb "Shaun Of The Dead" and "Hot Fuzz" its the third of the "Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy" from Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, and expectations were high, reviews positive (7.5 IMDB, 93% Rotten Tomatoes!) and a great premise. 20 years after attempting an epic Pub crawl, five childhood friends (all begrudgingly, except one) reunite to take on the drinking marathon one more time. It's gonna be a classic, isn't it? Well sadly no. Don't get me wrong, it's funny and entertaining an... More

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Posted by George Vader at 09:18, 04 September 2013 | Report This Post


RE: The World's End

I can't quite decide what rating to give this film. This is mainly due to a (possibly) drunken woman laughing loudly at every-fucking-thing!! I'll have to re-watch when it's out on DVD, I think. I'd rank the Cornetto trilogy as Shaun first, Hot Fuzz second and World's End last. Of the jokes I did hear, some were funny but not hilarious. 3.5/5 ... More

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Posted by Ref at 22:12, 26 August 2013 | Report This Post


Better than expected

Went expecting a few cheap laughs, came out chuckling and slightly melancholy. The film proceeds at a sharp pace, which generally works well, though does skate over some issues, eg the developing love interest. The humour is sustained and often laugh out loud, not based on juvenile antics but the dry self parody behind the frustrated disconnection between the characters. Some proper themes in here about growing up (or not), lost promise and disappointment set to a nostalgic soundtrack and mor... More

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Posted by ackland at 14:49, 15 August 2013 | Report This Post


A Shame

Remember that party you went to a few years back that was amazing (Shaun of the Dead)? so much so that when another party comes along (Hot Fuzz) you go along in the hopes that it will be just as magical. The second party turns out to be pretty good but nothing as awesome as the first. A few good laughs and some impressive action scenes set an original tone that makes you want to talk about it with your mates again. Skip a few more years later and someone has the idea of throwing a party in hon... More

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Posted by Limeylove at 23:18, 11 August 2013 | Report This Post


Very disappointing

Dull characters, dull script (except for some good one-liners towards the end); I really can't understand all this pyschophantic behaviour. I love Pegg/Frost/Wright, but this isn't a patch on any of their previous output. Maybe this is art imitating life as they seem to have grown apart, like the central characters, and the spark is gone. ... More

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Posted by sunflies at 11:01, 10 August 2013 | Report This Post


RE: The World's End

Still not as funny as Shaun of the Dead or Paul. Please for their next film forget an angry mob/horde of zombies/alien robots/weirdo townsfolk and give us something a bit different. I do laugh when they talk of Three Colours Cornetto Trilogy. Just pretentious poppycock. Krzysztof Kieslowski will be spinning in his grave! ... More

Posted by Private Hudson at 23:52, 31 July 2013 | Report This Post


RE: The World's End

I loved it, I think it's their best yet.  Pegg played King as the sort of friend we have all had at some point, basically a massive tool, but you keep them around because you never know where their energy is going to take you.   I absolutely loved Frost in this, he was brilliant as an action hero lead, I applauded that first toilet room brawl!  I really disagree with some previous comments, I never once felt the film was going on a bit or that it lost the plot and I don'... More

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Posted by Invader_Ace at 09:20, 30 July 2013 | Report This Post


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I i] liked it. ... More

Posted by Hood_Man at 23:25, 29 July 2013 | Report This Post


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L: Olaf L: sanchia L: Olaf L: horribleives So writing 'm8' is perfectly acceptable but calling the pictures 'the flicks' makes you a bell-end? Hmm ote] Nothing is worse than the word 'flicks'. Nothing at all. t depends on the context and if you are doing it correctly. ou're right. I have no issue with it being used a present-tense verb to describenging. sp; Absolutely filthy. ... More

Posted by Deviation at 15:37, 29 July 2013 | Report This Post


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L: paulyboy I thought it was pretty great, nicely paced, rather funny and a thoroughly enjoyable time at the cinema. It's not as instantly quotable or appealing as Shaun or Fuzz, mecause the pastiche's aren't as obvious this time round,e characters as likable, but it's a fun time. The ending was rather unexpected also. 4/5 agree with that as most of the references are for those of us who were in our teens in the late 1980s early 1990s. A bit like Family Guy! Seth MacFarlane pac... More

Posted by Private Hudson at 12:52, 29 July 2013 | Report This Post


RE: The World's End

I thought it was pretty great, nicely paced, rather funny and a thoroughly enjoyable time at the cinema. It's not as instantly quotable or appealing as Shaun or Fuzz, mainly because the pastiche's aren't as obvious this time round, nor the characters as likable, but it's a fun time. The ending was rather unexpected also. 4/5 ... More

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Posted by paulyboy at 11:21, 29 July 2013 | Report This Post


RE: The World's End

It was ok and reasonably enjoyable though I do think this, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz have the same story really... whether it be zombies/town mob/alien robots it did have the same kind of villain/threat so it did feel a bit repetitive. Probably on a par with Hot Fuzz but inferior to both Paul and Shaun of the Dead in my opinion. Nick Frost is brilliant though. The bit where he takes them all on is hilarious. ... More

Posted by Private Hudson at 01:48, 29 July 2013 | Report This Post


RE: The World's End

L: sanchia L: Olaf L: horribleives So writing 'm8' is perfectly acceptable but calling the pictures 'the flicks' makes you a bell-end? Hmm ote] Nothing is worse than the word 'flicks'. Nothing at all. t depends on the context and if you are doing it correctly. ou're right. I have no issue with it being used a present-tense verb to describe flicking something. ... More

Posted by Olaf at 16:13, 28 July 2013 | Report This Post


RE: The World's End

L: Olaf L: horribleives So writing 'm8' is perfectly acceptable but calling the pictures 'the flicks' makes you a bell-end? Hmm ote] Nothing is worse than the word 'flicks'. Nothing at all. t depends on the context and if you are doing it correctly. ... More

Posted by sanchia at 16:07, 28 July 2013 | Report This Post


RE: The World's End

L: horribleives So writing 'm8' is perfectly acceptable but calling the pictures 'the flicks' makes you a bell-end? Hmm ote] Nothing is worse than the word 'flicks'. Nothing at all. ... More

Posted by Olaf at 16:03, 28 July 2013 | Report This Post


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So writing 'm8' is perfectly acceptable but calling the pictures 'the flicks' makes you a bell-end? Hmm ... More

Posted by horribleives at 15:23, 28 July 2013 | Report This Post


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L: Rgirvan44 I rather liked it. NO ONE BETTER RESPOND TO THIS STATEMENT AND TRY AND ASK ME TO EXPAND ON THIS POINT. Thank you. k.........that was funny ... More

Posted by Shifty Bench at 15:20, 28 July 2013 | Report This Post


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L: Rgirvan44 I rather liked it. NO ONE BETTER RESPOND TO THIS STATEMENT AND TRY AND ASK ME TO EXPAND ON THIS POINT. Thank you. top possessing Rgirvan's corporeal body, spirit of Pauline Kael. ... More

Posted by Olaf at 13:10, 28 July 2013 | Report This Post


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Could you please expand this point? ... More

Posted by Deviation at 12:50, 28 July 2013 | Report This Post


RE: The World's End

I rather liked it. NO ONE BETTER RESPOND TO THIS STATEMENT AND TRY AND ASK ME TO EXPAND ON THIS POINT. Thank you. ... More

Posted by Rgirvan44 at 11:53, 28 July 2013 | Report This Post


RE: The World's End

Not sure how in the minority i am here but i thought the ending was great, actually i loved the whole film, in a massive spaces fan, i loved the other two films...more so than this movie. But it doesn't stop how much i enjoyed it, also kudos for making this film so different to others and it was a brave move to make the lead character slightly annoying but with a slight charm ... More

Posted by sangypange at 20:00, 27 July 2013 | Report This Post


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