The British comedy trio has returned; Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost bring us the final film in their ‘cornetto’ trilogy, ‘The World’s End’. Its two predecessors ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and ‘Hot Fuzz’ have been labeled the best British comedy films in the last ten years, so surely their new adventure will be a fitting finale to the iconic trilogy? It is in fact, a disappointment as the trio appears to have significantly misfired.
Pegg and Frost return in leading roles, this time they’re joined by a popular British cast with the likes of Martin Freeman (swapping Middle Earth for a few pints), Rosamund Pike and Eddie Marsan. The plot centres around 5 friends who attempt to repeat a failed pub crawl from their youth, upon returning to their hometown they find out that the town has changed, it’s something to do with aliens or robots, but you’re never too sure.
The story starts off well, as Pegg’s character Gary ‘the king’ King is off recruiting his grown up pals for his epic night of old school debauchery, Pegg’s immature antics are well received as the indie anthems are bellowed out one after the other (perhaps slightly too often). However, as soon as extra terrestrial beings are introduced, the plot becomes ropey and we’re thrown into a series of disappointing action sequences as Pegg and co go from pub to pub fighting off some sort of alien/robot hybrids. This story never really grips you, nor do the characters, not like in predecessors, consider Pegg and Frost’s heartwarming relationship in Shaun of the Dead.
As already mentioned, the constant indie anthems do certainly provide a booming soundtrack, one typical of the comedy trios tastes, including Primal Scream’s ‘Loaded’, whose opening lyrics get reiterated by Pegg’s character in a speech near the end of the film, “We wanna get Loaded, we wanna have a good time” truly emphasizing the films 90’s influences.
Despite this, the film does remain a big let down, it really does struggle to live up to the dazzling heights of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. This is not to say it is a bad film, it does have its moments, watching the all star cast being chased by aliens through a deserted town whilst also being blind drunk is quite amusing, and certainly a highlight. However, the plotline really does disappoint and makes a film that could have been so brilliant into something so distinctly average.