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The World's End

4

Pegg and co go pubbing. Drink it in...

Calling time on the Cornetto Trilogy with one last hurrah, Edgar Wright’s small-town sci-fi comedy is a lager-splashed triumph. It features a great cast of Brit stalwarts – Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, Martin Freeman – a glorious soundtrack of melon-twisting early ’90s indie and a gripping set-up that the filmmakers subvert with witty genre nods.

Unrepentant hedonist Gary King (Pegg) and his unwilling accomplices head back to their hometown of Newton Haven to complete the legendary ‘Golden Mile’, a suicidal 12-pub crawl they tried – and failed – to complete as teenagers.

It’s a terrible idea: the town’s a graveyard, the pubs are awful and these former friends have nothing in common but the ghosts of piss-ups past. Pegg and Wright are underappreciated as penmen, but their screenplay’s biggest strength is that you’d be happy to watch Gary and co’s story play out straight, even without any otherworldly interference.

Each character has something they need to run from, or recapture, and each gets a moment of pathos such as when Stephen Prince (Considine) drunkenly declares his love for local hotty Sam (Rosamund Pike), or when Peter Page (Marsan) meets his childhood bully.

The writing’s so intricate that every seemingly irrelevant detail pays off as effortlessly as Wright’s whizzy direction. The characters’ surnames denote their ranks in the group hierarchy (King, Knightley, Prince, Chamberlain, Page), and the  names of the pubs nod to what happens there.

It also benefits from brilliant action scenes, numerous belly laughs and a generosity of spirit reflected in the extras (buy Blu for the full works). These include cast, tech and writers’ commentaries, plus out-takes, FX featurettes, rehearsal footage, alternate edits… There’s some overlap, but both access and insight are ace.

But what’s most surprising isn’t the laughter, it’s the sadness. Gary King is a man-child trapped in self-mythology, and his hell-raising hides a genuine problem – he can’t bear to admit the party’s over. Frankly, neither will you. TWE isn’t just the end of a great trilogy, it’s the end of an era, and by the coda, you’ll be begging for one last lock-in.
 

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    • chloeforeman

      Nov 28th 2013, 10:41

      4

      Three months after its release in the cinema, millions of Pegg and Frost fans should be very excited to get their hands on 'The Worlds End', the finale of the cornetto trilogy. Sci-fi comedy 'The Worlds End' follows the life of Andy, who is stuck in the past with no prospects and decides to re-live his youth by completing the Golden Mile drinking challenge that he and his four friends failed 20 years ago, and this time they promise to go on until the bitter end... or the larger end. Keeping true to its predecessors, this task is set in the small and boring county town of Newtonhaven, however as the five musketeers continue a long the Golden Mile their suspicions start to arise that not all is at it seems... Sound familiar? By the forth pub, named the Cross Hands the five are forced to stand united against local troublemakers turned robots and continue along the Golden Mile because A. They're all drunk B. The police might be in on it and C. they have blood on their hands...well it's more like ink... they've got ink on their hands. In the blink of an eye the gang become public enemy number one and find themselves running for their lives from Newtonhavens robot/human creations while still on the hunt for the next pub and the next Dr. Ink. Events from the past seem to have a strange way of reoccurring and there appears to be something a bit funny about the names of each pubs. Some might say a double meaning. Well in that case who knows what could happen if they make it all the way to the worlds end? Full of quick witted humour, a few familiar faces including Nick Nigh and Rosamund Pike and all the inside jokes that Pegg and Frost fans love 'The Worlds End' is timelessly hilarious and just gets better every time you watch it. Followed by the big successes of zom-com 'Shaun of the Dead' and action-comedy 'Hot Fuzz' there was a lot of pressure on Edgar Wright, Nick Frost and Simon Pegg to deliver the final instalment. The music is a mixture of old and new songs that suit the films nostalgic notes and are sure to stick in your head. The playlist was selected by director Edgar Write, the same genius behind Scott Pilgrim vs The World, Spaced, and the previous films in the cornetto trilogy. The expected and infamous appearance of a cornetto reveals itself barely minutes from the films end and like strawberry red for the zombies and blood in 'Shaun of the Dead' and original blue for the police in 'Hot Fuzz', the green mint flavour is selected to mark the appearance of alien- robots. Some could say that the trilogy of films are just a bit samey: Something goes wrong in a small town setting that has deadly yet hilarious consequences. However on the most part I believe this is part of it's charm. I am comforted, humoured, and a little grossed out all at once in a way that only Edgar Write and co could achieve. For me however this is not the trios best film, and is in the shadow of 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz', but it is in no way a failure, and is immediately up there with some of my favourite comedies of all time. Action, laughter, and a little bit of gore makes this film a must-own, and a definite must-see.

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