Finally, and I mean that, FINALLY, I was able to find time to get to see the last installment of the much-loved Cornetto trilogy from Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Having set the standard incredibly high with Shaun of the Dead, and maintaining that level of excellence with the brilliant Hot Fuzz, what would I think coming out of their latest effort?
Well to be clear, I’m a huge fan of the three of them, as soon as I discovered them in Shaun, I tracked down the BBC series Spaced, and went from there!
I’ve often said that going out for a pint or two with Pegg and Frost would be an ideal way to spend an evening, but until they get here in TO and give me a ring, this will have to do. And it does fine!
Pegg is front and center as Gary King, the de facto leader of a group of blokes who went through high school together, and upon graduation made an attempt at the Golden Mile – 5 guys, 12 pubs, 12 pints… As the evening progresses a couple of them fall by the wayside, and even Gary doesn’t make it to the final pub, The World’s End.
Flash forward some 20 odd years, and while the rest of the world seems to have moved on, Gary has been stuck in that one moment, that one evening, seeing it as the pinnacle of his life. While his friends have taken on adult hood, settling into the daily grind and expectations made of them, Gary decides it’s time to get the band back together, and after cajoling, and playing on heartstrings convinces them all to meet up and make another run at the Golden Mile.
So Andy (Nick Frost), Oliver (Martin Freeman), Peter (Eddie Marsan), Steven (Paddy Constantine) and Gary arrive in their hometown of Newton Haven for a night of Good Food, Fine Ales, Total Annihilation, as they hit the 12 pubs – The First Post, The Old Familiar, The Famous Cock, The Cross Hands, The Good Companions, The Trusty Servant, The Two-Headed Dog, The Mermaid, The Beehive Free House, The King’s Head, The Hole In The Wall, and The World’s End.
While as different from Hot Fuzz, as that was from Shaun of the Dead, the film still has the brilliant level of comedy you’ve come to expect from this trio, as well as visual callbacks and cameos from the previous films.
As the night progresses, a couple of things happen, Oliver’s sister, Sam (Rosamund Pike (sigh)) shows up, much to Gary’s and Steven’s delight, but something much more sinister as well. It seems there is something dreadfully wrong in this town, taking a page from The Twilight Zone and Doctor Who, we learn that the town has been taken over!!
The lines come fast and furious, there are tons of throwaways here that means I will be delighting in repeated viewings, and each of the characters gets some fantastic moments.
Using a fantastic soundtrack, the film rockets along, going in surprising and welcome directions, and for me was a slice of fried gold!
Have you seen the whole trilogy?
Which is your favorite?