The Worlds End
The so labelled ‘cornetto’ trilogy maintains the high level of laughs with this final outing
From finding Shuan of the dead a refreshing take on a unique twist in a familiar genre, I had believed Hot Fuzz to be somewhat of a disappointment. However since then I’ve watched it multiple times and I now find it very hard to pick between the two in terms of quality. Looking at Edgar Wright you might not immediately think he looks like a Hollywood directer and in a way that would be correct. With a background in British comedy, with the brilliant Spaced (1999-2001) standing out, he has a style of directing that feels new and equally welcoming.
It’s been almost six years since the trio of Pegg, Frost and Wright collaborated for a new film and now they can finally conclude a trilogy which has grown in fans worldwide. This time we find a group of friends who in the 80’s attempted to complete the ‘golden mile’ pub crawl in their local village. Now 20 years later each member has moved on from that night accept group leader Gary King who’s life has never been bettered since. Trying to redeem himself by attempting the golden mile once more he get’s the old gang back together, however things quickly get out of hand.
This trilogy is all about recurring themes and how they can be played out in differing genres. One of the most important themes is the ‘bromance’ between Pegg and Frost, as well as being the faces of the films they hold the film together. It’s testament to the trilogy that although they essentially rework the same character arcs they still manage to create new engaging characters. The basic story remains the same again utilizing ideals of friendship overcoming a force/evil and the only real difference is the placement of the genre. I don’t really need to point out how British these films are and arguably this outing is the most British of the three, with it referencing pop culture whilst also nodding to it’s predecessors (cornetto) The film also takes the level of ridiculousness up a notch all leading to a quite absurd ending, that on reflection is a nice place to end.
Obviously the key thing you hope for in comedies are laughs with the general rule being the more there are the better the film is. Thankfully I found myself laughing all the way through and that mainly came from Pegg’s fine performance as the annoying, yet hilarious to watch, Gary King. The character is a mirror into the 80’s showing off an extravagant Gothic outfit and this matches the man’s desire to still be that young popular boy he once was. For me it was the way Pegg managed to get across the characters outlandish demeanour without overplaying it and making it feel unrealistic. With great lines and comedic timing this is all made even funnier by the fantastic cast including Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan and of course Nick Frost who all bounce off Pegg’s character so very well. The rest of the cast all add to this large ensemble of British talent with roles for Rosamund Pike, Pierce Brosnan and Reece Shearsmith to name a few.
It tends to be a trend amongst trilogies that one of the sequels will disappoint and more often than not it’s the final film that lets us down the most. However thanks to a refreshing look at numerous genres along with that differeing style, the ‘cornetto trilogy’ maintains a high level with many laughs. Though not to put it down or contradict myself, I do believe this is slightly behind it’s predecessors however it’s a great place to finish.