Wednesday, 2 October 2013

The World's End: Cornetto Completion

Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg & Nick Frost, can you make a better combination then that. Yes, by adding Martin Freeman, not to be confused with Morgan Freeman, although that would be pretty epic. For those who don't know what the "cornetto trilogy" is, it is a trio of Edgar Wright's take on three movie genres, Horror (Shaun of the Dead), Action (Hot Fuzz) and Sci-fi (The World's End), all starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. This trilogy has propelled them all to international fame so read on to learn how it ended.

If you haven't watched any of the trailers, the basic premise is that Simon Pegg's character, Gary King reunites his old high school buddies, all now grown men with careers and families, for a second attempt at "The Golden Mile" a pub crawl in their hometown that they never completed on their last day of school. After some coaxing they all agree and arrive in Newton Haven, slowly realizing there is something off about the people they grew up with.

Ah, the 90s. A time before "Swag" and "YOLO"
While at first most of the characters except Gary lack distinction from each other, once the beer starts flowing they all show their individuality. What I found particularly interesting was the shift that has happened since the Shaun of the Dead days, with Simon Pegg playing the "loser" friend  instead of Nick Frost. Also the use of an ensemble cast was a great choice, creating distinction from their previous works. It was also as if they brought the first two together combining the small town with a dark secret of Hot Fuzz and the apocalyptic aspect of Shaun of the Dead. They also managed to have some great laughs, all while teaching the main character a lesson and forcing him to acknowledge his flaws. By the end of this movie I really wanted to go on a trip to england and go on a pub crawl with some of my friends so in my books it did it's job and was thoroughly entertaining.
Alternate title: Middle Aged Folks Save the World.

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