There is nothing like a great British Film is there? Especially a great British comedy. You can feel it’s sense of straight to the point edginess and jokes which just flow off the tongue with ease unlike many of the American counterpart films which sometimes feel very forced. Although maybe sometimes you just need to be from the British isles to get the humour and feel of such films. I personally find it hilarious seeing films like Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, etc, being shot in little ol’ England and all hell breaking loose in a little village or town in the back-end of nowhere, it totally trumps New York in my view!
The World’s End is the lovechild of Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead simply put. It seemed like it was the next and logical step of the winning formula of the three amigos (Or was it five?) Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. The World’s End is set in their childhood village, Gary King (Played by Simon Pegg) reunites the 5 friends, Andy (Nick Frost), Steven (Paddy Considine), Oliver aka Omen (Martin Freeman) and Peter (Eddie Marsan) together to try and finish their 12 bar pub crawl which finishes at “The World’s End” which they tried and ultimately failed to do 20 years prior. With the others reluctantly to participate they all feel that they must come together for the much troubled Gary, little do they know the night ahead of them. The film sparks in to life with the sudden implementation of sci-fi and amazingly stupidly but hilarious choreographed fight scenes which will leave you chuckling. The film I thought had a great mixture of laughter, the odd and touching serious part with silliness chucked in which I’ve come to expect from an Edgar Wright film, and it didn’t let me down one bit.
Nick Frost stole the show. There is no two ways about it, he just stole it. Don’t get me wrong though the supporting cast of Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman and Eddie Marsan were great and even the minor roles of Rosamund Pike (Playing Sam, sister of Oliver) and Michael Smiley (Gary’s childhood drug dealing friend) all seemed right and really, who honestly doesn’t like a bit of Tyres in their films? But Nick’s portrayal of best friend Andy was head and shoulders above the rest with his killer fight moves and hilarious script particularly towards Gary (Simon Pegg) was genius. I can’t help but give Simon Pegg credit for his role as Gary. He really let go and played it brilliantly, Gary being a really loud and out there character stuck in the early 90’s with a lot of deep and emotional problems was portrayed wonderfully.
I personally loved the film, but then again I’ve loved pretty much all of Edgar Wright’s work so maybe I’m a little biased. His history of using quirky camera changes and implementing amazing switch over between scenes has almost become his trademark. With witty writing throughout and straight one line jokes which you can’t just help but laugh at. None of Edgar’s style and writing has diminished since his Spaced days which is great to see as he is staying true to his own, and it was just a pleasure to witness the third installment of the Cornetto Trilogy.
My rating – Somewhere in between 7.5 and 8 (Which personally I think is a brilliant rating for a comedy).