Cast: – Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan, Paddy Considine, Rosamund Pike, Pierce Brosnan, Bill Nighly.
Directed by: – Edgar Wright
Written by: – Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright
Synopsis: – Five friends who reunite in an attempt to top their epic pub crawl from 20 years earlier unwittingly become humankind’s only hope for survival.
The last of “The Cornetto Trilogy” finishes with a literal bang as Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright bring the final installment which follows the success of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Following five childhood friends, who have drifted apart over the years, return for an epic pub crawl which is not for the faint hearted. As they travel back to their childhood home of Newton Haven they casually stumble upon the impending apocalypse as they discover the town has been invaded by strange blue blooded ‘robots’.
Simon Pegg leads this group of young rebels as the infamous Gary King, though it seems that Gary is the only rebel left. His friends, Oliver, Andrew, Peter and Steven, have all grown up, got married, had kids and are now all successful in their own jobs. Gary on the other hand still dresses the same, acts the same and lives in a bed sit. This film isn’t just about a pub crawl and an apocalypse; it is also testing how someone can grow up without actually growing up. Pegg gives an excellent performance as this 18 year old inside a 40 year old alcoholic. Opposite from his parts in Fuzz and Shaun, this time he is the screw up, the renegade who’s only mission or thought is to finish his pint and make it to The World’s End. As the roles have reversed, Nick Frost plays Andrew Knightley, a teetotal, rugby playing successful lawyer. Gary’s best friend at school, Andy now despises Gary and all that he stands for. The relationship between these two is as endearing as ever and the role reversal brings something different from the other two films. This film boasts a brilliant cast with Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan and Paddy Considine making up the rest of the group. All with their own idea of what Newton Haven means to them and in a way the robots take over the screen as well and stop some of these stories being more developed.
This film is without a doubt, hilarious as you would expect from the trio. Maybe not on the same levels of Shaun and Fuzz but still there are many laughs to be had. Starting off a bit dry it is when they arrive in Newton Haven that things perk up. Though with a cast filled with brilliant comedy actors, they can’t help but make you giggle, especially when they have had a few pints. The robot apocalypse makes an interesting side story to this pub crawl but it becomes less about them and more about reaching the end. Edgar Wright’s brilliant direction is seen throughout and his fast paced editing sequences make great fight scenes. However these do become more and more tiresome as it seems a pub brawl is always round the corner. The fact that these robots can use their legs as arms kind of made for some strange expressions from the audience but after a while the silliness turns into acceptance.
From The First Post to The World’s End, this journey of self-discovery and reconciliation is full of laughs, action and drinking, fitting that this trilogy should end in a pub. However, with the Cornetto references running a bit thin, this installment doesn’t have quite the same punch as Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead but still well worth a watch from the awesome trio that is Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright.
Rating: – 4
- 1 = Poor
- 2 = Average
- 3 = Good
- 4 = Brilliant
- 5 = See it now!