The World's End
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Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reteam with director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz) in this wildly entertaining thrill ride that critics call “funny as hell” (Richard Roeper, WLS-AM Chicago) and “sheer comic perfection” (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone). Twenty years after their first epic pub crawl attempt, the “five musketeers” reunite in their home town to complete the ultimate challenge – one night, five friends, twelve bars – a boozy quest on which only the strongest will survive. But after a bizarre series of encounters with the out-of-this-world locals, they soon realize that reaching their final pub, The World’s End, may be the least of their troubles. They’re having the time of their lives, ready to take on the world…but tonight they may have to save it.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- Reviews Counted: 199
- Fresh: 177
- Rotten: 22
- Average Rating: 7.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: As in their previous comedies, Pegg and Frost play men who refuse to stop acting like boys. But these pint-swilling Peter Pans also know how to work the heart and the brain for belly laughs.
Fresh: To my surprise, a diamond has emerged from the gutter. Its name is The World's End, and it'll knock you on you ass from laughing when you're not rubbing your eyes in disbelief.
Fresh: It overflows with middle-aged angst over lost youth. And laments the generic nature of our corporate-driven culture.
Fresh: Seriously, what's not to like?
A BRILLIANT APOCALYPSE COMEDY WITH LAUGHS TO SPARE!
Edgar Wright has done it again! The creative mastermind behind two of the biggest cult comedies of the last decade ("Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz") has returned to bring us the greatly anticipated final film in his Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, "The World's End." And just like in the first two movies, both Simon Pegg and Nick Frost play the hilarious main leads in this terrifically madcap, riotously inspired exploration of British culture: the pub crawl. And to make things even better, it's also an end-of-the-world action spoof that pokes affectionate fun at sci-fi classics like "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." But what ultimately makes the movie so thoroughly endearing is its dedicated narrative focus on old friendships and middle-aged angst over lost youth. As we follow these likable, goofy characters along the way, we eventually get a better understanding of who they are, at least more on a general human level than anything else. No matter how outrageous they may come across, we can still end up simply relating ourselves to them in rather unexpected ways. That, coupled with the fact that there's comedy and/or action at every turn, makes this one unforgettable ride.
Simon Pegg plays Gary King, the ringleader of his old band of school pals. It's been well over 20 years since their failed attempt to visit and drink at all 12 pubs in their small, suburban hometown of Newton Haven. Now quickly approaching 40, Gary clearly hasn't grown up as much as his distant friends, so it really takes a bit of convincing to get the now-settled Peter Page (Eddie Marsan), Oliver Chamberlain (Martin Freeman), Steven Prince (Paddy Considine), and Andy Knightley (Nick Frost) to reunite for a renewed attempt to drink their way through town. But after just the first couple of pints, they start to suspect that something isn't exactly right. People are behaving very strangely, as if there are alien body snatchers taking over the town. So to avoid attracting attention, the guys (or at least just Gary) carry on getting blind drunk on their way to the final pub, The World's End.
As in Wright's previous "Cornetto" flicks, Pegg and Frost just do a fantastic job at continually developing their offbeat characters and balancing their interweaving relationships even as everything literally starts falling apart around them. Sure, the end of humanity seems to be upon our bumblingly inebriated heroes, but that's the least of their worries. There's still unfinished business between the five of them that needs sorting out, and besides, there are more pints to drink (that is, if they even survive the night). One of the best aspects of the film is the way these guys interact with each other and, even more impressively, how they genuinely feel like old friends seeing one another for the first time in two decades. Pegg, in particular, gives one of his best performances to date as Gary, the main protagonist. He terrifically plays an annoying, foul-mouthed man-child who no one can ever stand to be around, but we can't help but identify with him in his nostalgic desperation to finish the Golden Mile (as the pub crawl is called) since it's the only thing he ever did as a teen that made him truly happy. Frost also delivers a bit of great, funny acting himself as Andy, who's pretty much the opposite of Gary in every way. It's a ton of fun seeing him play a deadpan performance for once, and his sharp-witted comic chemistry with Gary, as well as the other guys, is incredible as well. Speaking of which, Marsan, Freeman, and Considine also manage to stand out quite well with their fun supporting roles, especially Freeman (aka Bilbo from "The Hobbit") with his enthusiastic approach to each scene. Another fun addition to this great, entertaining cast is Rosamund Pike, who plays Oliver's feisty sister Sam (and Gary's "former flame"). Basically, the acting is just fantastic all around, and so are the parody-tinged visual effects, clever action set pieces, laugh-out-loud gags, and surprisingly in-depth characterizations. Sure, it loses its balance a few times due to a bit of stretched-out pacing and strange plotting, but for the most part, it's a riotous adventure with plenty to enjoy.
Since this is the final movie in Wright's "Cornetto" trilogy, you might be wondering if it's the best of all three. Well, it's not. Still, just because it doesn't quite reach the same masterfully creative heights and absurd, madcap thrills of "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz" hardly means it isn't worth your time. In fact, it's easily one of the funniest comedies I've seen all year (it's even better, in some aspects, than 2013's other giant apocalyptic comedy, "This Is the End"). Sure, the story almost falls apart right near the end as the film's chaos increases, but thanks to an absurdly hilarious climax and a satisfying finale that leaves us wanting more, any actual flaws can be easily forgiven. At the end of the day, this surreally over-the-top sci-fi comedy, with its dry British humor and understated depth, may not appeal to everyone. But for anyone looking for a rollicking good time, it's worth a watch.
As a fan of “Shaun of the Dead” and “hot Fuzz” it is a dream of mine to review “The Worlds End”. I didn’t start reviewing movies till like 2012 after both of those movies came out, so “The Worlds End” is my last chance to review a film in the cornetto trilogy. Like the others this film was a fantastic installment. It was funny, adventurous, and filled with action as the others are. I am very glad that Edgar Wright had a nearly flawless trilogy with his two main actors (Simon Pegg and Nick Frost). I always like seeing these two guys together. They work well with each other and no matter what their characters are they always seem to make them have chemistry. Building a crew for a bar crawl and giving each character originality is a great thing to see in a film, but hard. Throughout the film these likable characters continue to keep things interesting with not only what happens to them, but the way they act in each situation. The storyline and the developing and non-developing characters are well put together. The seemingly ordinary intro to the fun- friendly adventure leads to a battle against robotic aliens to a bizarre ending. There’s honestly nothing bad I can say about this other than I wish it wasn’t over, but great must come to an end. I think i’m more devastated than when I saw “The Dark Knight Rises”. Edgar Wright continues to make us laugh at his british humor and amaze us with his ability to interest us in his crazy ideas.
Gary King (Simon Pegg) is a late thirties man who wants to finish the pub crawl that him and his friends Peter Page (Eddie Marsan), Oliver Chamberlain (Martin Freeman), Steven Prince (Paddy Considine), and Andy Knightley (Nick Frost). He gathers up the crew with his powers of persuasion and they set out to finish the crawl that they didn’t in 1990. Through their journey they learn more about each other and also learn that the town has been taken over by robots. As the storyline plays on and we see the crazy adventure, Gary King still wants to finish the crawl and make it to “The Worlds End”.
This is just an outstanding film. It be pretty hard to say if this was better than the others in the cornetto trilogy. I’d have to say that i’m definitely more into the supporting characters in this one than the others, but not as into the two main characters. The two main actors Simon and Nick in this film played two past friends that drifted away slowly hating each other. Well, more of a one way hate line. This type of relationship does make the character development more interesting, but still I enjoyed the past relationships they’ve had in other films more. Seeing this cornetto trilogy go from horror to action to sci-fi is amazing. This director has an amazing talent to be able to write for all genre’s. This film has realism when it comes to reactions and it has a well thought out story. It brings lots of true and kind of believable things except for the blue blood. That kind of got out of hand. This film definitely sets itself apart from all the other sci-fi action comedies out there, its definitely worth your time.
Can’t figure all rave reviews. I thought this movie was contrived, trite, clichéd, surprisingly poorly scripted and acted, and apart from one or two small giggles, really not very funny. Simon & Co. have lost the plot these past few movies.
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