Even though we were able to beat Britain in regards to apocalypse comedy success with This is the End, comic geniuses Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz), Simon Pegg (Star Trek Into Darkness) and Nick Frost (Attack the Block) have reminded us of our roots. I am trying to decide if the final installment in the three flavours (see what I did there?) of Cornetto Trilogy is better than Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s end of the world baby.
At this point, The World’s End has taken the lead for me. While a party at James Franco’s house sounds amazing, a pub crawl (“The Golden Mile”) consisting of 12 pubs in rural England ending at a place called The World’s End sounds like a pretty great way to spend the last day of civilization. Not to mention, I think I would rather fight robots than demons.
Director Wright and Pegg wrote a very impressive script. The comedy, drama, and stakes are continuously elevated through the dialogue and visuals as the film progresses. Starting with Gary King’s (Pegg) dream of getting Frost, Martin Freeman (The Hobbit), Eddie Marsan (Happy-Go-Lucky) and Paddy Considine (Submarine) back together for the nostalgia of completing “The Golden Mile”, The World’s End turns in to a film paying homage to classic sci-fi horror films.
If the movie had ended after the first scene, it would have been one of the best comedies of the year. I don’t get this feeling very often, but when I do and it is followed by comic genius and twelve British pubs, I am able to forgive minor misfires. This may also be because Wright and Pegg knew they couldn’t write an ending that would compete against its build up (most movies suffer from this), so instead they literally said “f*ck it”, because ain’t nobody got time for that.
By: Jonny Havey |Editor-in-Chief