The best comedies are the ones that require multiple viewings to catch every single joke. It’s such a satisfying feeling when you’re watching a comedy that you’ve seen a hundred times but you end up noticing something you didn’t before on that 101st viewing. Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead reaches that multiple viewing status. His follow up, Hot Fuzz is even better and is a brilliant homage to action films. With Wright’s new film The World’s End, which closes out the cornetto trilogy, I am delighted to say that it too reaches a level of comedic brilliance. The cornetto trilogy will go down as one of the greatest comedy trilogies of all time.
Like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, The World’s End is Directed by Edgar Wright, written by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, and costars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The start of the film explains that Gary King (Simon Pegg) and Andy Knightley (Nick Frost) were the best of friends in high school. One night back during high school, the two of them along with their three other buddies Oliver, Steven, and Peter (played by Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, and Eddie Marsan respectively) attempted what they called “The Golden Mile” where they drink a pint in each of the 12 pubs in their small town with the last pub being The World’s End. On that night they never made it to The World’s End and Gary has never been able to get over it. Twenty years have passed and the gang has had a falling out. Gary comes up with an idea to get everyone back together in their hometown and once again attempt The Golden Mile. However, the group starts to notice that the townsfolk seem a bit “off” and must deal with this while at the same time try and reach The World’s End.
Edgar Wright is such a unique director. Even when his films are blatant parodies, they still come off as undeniably original. He has such a way with the camera to extenuate either emotion or action. There is so much detail in this film and so much time and effort went into making each scene perfect. For the fans that appreciate the first two films of the trilogy, there are tiny Easter eggs you can find throughout The World’s End (besides the obvious cornetto). Like all of Wright’s films, the action sequences in The World’s End are top notch. They are choreographed very well and shot and edited very steadily (none of that shaky-cam crap). There is a small romance story between Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike but the real romance of the film is Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The chemistry between these two actors is impeccable. They work off of each other perfectly and carry the entire film. Without the Pegg-Frost bond, the cornetto trilogy would be a giant misfire. Sure it helps that there is a tremendous talent running the films, but Pegg and Frost are what make these films hilarious instead of just funny. And their acting range is phenomenal! Unlike most comedic actors, Pegg and Frost’s characters are completely different in each film that they’re in which is great because why watch a re-hash of a film they’ve already done?
The only gripe that I have with The World’s End is that it’s not quite as funny as Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz but it’s still very good and the conetto trilogy as a whole is perfect. The World’s End is a fantastic conclusion that requires multiple viewings and can still remain timeless. I can’t wait to see what Edgar Wright can do with a giant studio production in Ant-Man which comes out in 2015. If you haven’t already, go out and see The World’s End right now. Buy it when it’s released on DVD. Buy the entire trilogy and watch it over and over until your gut explodes from laughter. I’m not going to spoil the meaning of The World’s End but to close this review, here’s a quote from Edgar Wright: “If this film made you want to go out and do a pub-crawl, you missed the point.”