Coming to theatres this Friday from Relativity Media and director Edgar Wright is the finale to the Cornetto trilogy with THE WORLD’S END.
This film tells the story of Gary King (Simon Pegg), Andy Knightley (Nick Frost), Martin Freeman (Oliver Chamberlain), Steven Prince (Paddy Considine) and Peter Page (Eddie Marsan) – five men who have been friends since high school.
As Gary comes to terms with his mid-life-alcohol-induced crisis he wants to get the ‘band’ back together to finish something they had all started as young men and never finished. What could be do important? Going from pub to pub in one night until they read The World’s End.
Gary talks them all into the trip back to their old stomping grounds but its apparent that none of them are really enjoying the idea. Knowing they won’t get rid of Gary until they at least try the pub-a-thon begins!
Along the way they run into Sam (Rosamund Pike), Steven’s long lost unrequited love and Gary’s object of lust. Before things get heated up it becomes painfully obvious that the people in their hometown aren’t exactly as they seem.
Now they must decide if the end is worth the means!
FINAL WORD: Pegg as Gary is insane, self-absorbed, arrogant and hilarious. There is nothing that I don’t like about his performance. Seriously, this is probably one of the few times that flaws in a film enhance the madness I love so dearly in a good comedy. His humor is quick, reactions instant and performance impeccable.
Frost as Andy gets a chance to be the anal retentive character in the film. I’m sure most have seen his HOT FUZZ performance and here he gets a chance to be the guy who plays by the rules.
Freeman as Chamberlain is the goofy friend who seems to go along with whatever everyone else is doing. I truly enjoyed his performance. Considine as Prince is the love-lorned character but that isn’t a bad thing at all. In fact, it was nice to see someone else go after the girl! Eddie Marsan as Page has always been an intriguing actor to me. Here he gets to relax and go with the flow – a little more so than I’m use to seeing.
Pike is actually funny as Sam although I’m not always sure that’s what was intended. Again, not a bad thing and I enjoyed her repartee with Gary/Pegg.
Other cast include: David Bradley as Basil, Steve Oram as the Motorcycle Cop, Samuel Mak as Sam, Pierce Brosnan as Guy Shephard and Bill Nighy as The Network.
TUBS OF POPCORN: I give THE WORLD’S END four and a half tubs of popcorn out of five. I had such a good time and that’s probably because, as a huge fan of SHAUN OF THE DEAD and HOT FUZZ, I knew that Pegg and Frost were going to do everything possible to shock and awe me. There are actually a few times I missed things because I was laughing so hard.
I will be going to see it again because I want the audience experience of fun that I didn’t get at the screening. This is the type of film that needs to be seen with a twisted group of friends who get it. The ending had me totally cracking up – well done gang, well done!
Listening to Nighy as the voice of The Network was equally hilarious so look for that little bonus. Nighy is the kind of actor that be rough and tough in one role (either HARRY POTTER or PIRATES OF THE CARRIBEAN proved that) and then endearing and absolutely lovely in another role (as in THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL).
To sum it up Pegg and Frost are beer-drinking-smart-ass-Ninja-warriors-who-crush-skulls-and-crack-funny-bones giving a slight nod to Cornetto all to finish at THE WORLD’S END!
In the end – good food, fine ales and total annihilation!
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