The World's End review by Alyse Garner - Cinema Paradiso
And finally, the Cornetto trilogy comes to an end, after nine years of horror homage’s coupled with a special brand of British comedy the team behind Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz have reunited for the third and final movie The World’s End.
Starring, as ever, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost World’s End fits snugly beside the zombie plagued Shaun of the Dead and the Wickerman-esque Hot Fuzz by presenting a wonderfully British setting alongside a traditional horror/science fiction movie monster and exploring how the two can come to some kind of amicable completion.
Set in a small village somewhere in England the film sees a number of grown men, including Simon Pegg’s Gary King and Frost’s Andrew Knightley, returning home to re-enact an infamous pub crawl that took place twenty years ago and lives on in their memories as one of the best night’s of their lives.
From even its earliest trailers the World’s End was seriously reminiscent of the 1950’s imagery of pod people; individuals inhabited by or replaced with alien life forces that resemble their original hosts. Complimenting a monster stereotype that has become synonymous with a lack of emotion the film juxtaposes the ‘possessed’ villagers of King’s home town with a past time that could not be more British: the pub crawl.
There isn’t really much else one needs to say about the story behind the World’s End, the action and comedy carry the narrative most of the way, however they are helped considerably by the film’s excellent cast. Filled to the brim with famous British faces Pegg and Frost find themselves working alongside the likes of Bill NIghy, Pierce Brosnan and Martin Freeman, all of whom, as you would expect, put in fantastic performances.
There is something a little bit downbeat about the film by it’s end however, a feeling of the looming end that emanates from the characters themselves; aware that their youth is behind them they seem to have come together for one last hurrah, and much like the film itself, mark the ending of an era. Fans of Pegg, Frost and writer/director Edgar Wright, have been waiting for the final, green Cornetto for many years now – yet there is an edge of sadness found in its arrival. For many Shaun of the Dead marked a special moment in British cinema history and with the trilogy now over one can’t help but wonder how long it will be before another British comedy even comes close to the startling heights of it’s ingenuity and character. For this film truly marks the end of the world as recognisable, both as a Brit and as a cinema goer, to an entire generation of geeks and misfits.