The comedy acting team of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost apparently can do no wrong in my book. The duo’s list of hilarious movies includes Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and my personal favorite, Paul, which featured Seth Rogan as the voice of an alien buddy. When Shaun of the Dead hit theaters in 2004, audiences the world over loved the inspired, original, and funny film about a zombie apocalypse. Writer/director Edgar Wright, co-writer/star Simon Pegg, and star Nick Frost reunited in 2007 on the action comedy Hot Fuzz, utilizing the buddy cop format and again turning out something unique and wildy entertaining. Wright, Pegg, and Frost have now teamed up for the final entry in their unofficial “Three Flavours Cornetto” trilogy with The World’s End, another fantastic effort. The World’s End opened last weekend and is another flick that combines their recipe of action and special effects with laugh out loud jokes and humor from people’s stupidity. This time, Pegg and Frost are joined by a great array of fellow-British supporting actors, including The Hobbit’s Bilbo Baggin’s Martin Freeman and the lovely Rosamund Pike, who will be starring in the upcoming film adaption of the best-selling novel Gone Girl.
The movie opens with a flashback: Gary King is telling the story of how he and his four best mates from childhood unsuccessfully attempted the epic Golden Mile 12-pub bar crawl on graduation night. Now 20 years later, Gary realizes that his life is shit and that he wants nothing more than to gather up his buddies and try the crawl again, which finishes at The World’s End pub. It wasn’t easy but he convinces them all to return to their home town, a quaint little village, and begin the crawl. Along the way, they realize that things about their hometown seem different and people are acting quite strange. Without ruining much, I’ll just say that the movie turns into a surprisingly great, alien invasion sci-fi flick, with well-done fight scenes and special effects. Impressive enough that the movie is definitely worth seeing on the big screen. Additionally, the soundtrack is killer, with great rock and pop songs playing while the guys make their way. Lots of the music comes from the 80s, the time of the characters’ adolescence. Combine these winning aspects with hysterical one-liners and that is all I need for an amazing night at the movies.
The World’s End began as a screenplay director Edgar Wright wrote as a young adult about a group of teenagers on a pub crawl. He then recognized that the concept could work with adult characters to capture that bittersweet feeling of returning to one’s home town and feeling out of place. Wright said he also wanted to satirize the “strange homogeneous branding that becomes like a virus” that he feels has been occurring not just in pubs, but cafes, coffee shops, and restaurants. He explains, “If you live in a small town and you move to London, which I did when I was 20, then when you go back out into the other small towns in England you go ‘oh my god, it’s all the same!’ It’s like Bodysnatchers: literally our towns are being changed to death.” He definitely took that Bodysnatchers theme to heart when writing this movie, incorporating the robotic aspect into this alien invasion.
I’m not the only one who has been enjoying this movie. The World’s End has received widespread acclaim. The film has a rating of 89% on Rotten Tomatoes with an average score of 7.4/10 and audience rating of 4/5. The site describes the film as “madcap and heartfelt” with “typically hilarious performances from Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and a plethora of supporting players.” Sounds like Rotten Tomatoes and I are in agreement.
If your Labor Day weekend has any time for a movie visit, you will not be disappointed by choosing this one! And have fun quoting the movie’s lines the next day.