Five lifelong friends reunite to complete a historic pub crawl from their youth, and find that reaching the fabled World's End tavern will be no simple undertaking while they also fight for the future of all mankind. Twenty years ago, Gary King (Simon Pegg) and his pals embarked on the ultimate drinking marathon. But the beer got the best of them, and they failed to drink their final pint at the World's End pub. Now, as die-hard rebel Gary approaches middle age, he summons his old friends back to their hometown for another round. With each pint down, Gary and the gang take another step toward reconciling with the past. Yet just when it starts to look like their goal is in sight, the pals realize that a much larger struggle is currently taking place, and that the future seems particularly grim -- not only for them, but for the entire human race. Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan, and Rosamund Pike co-star in the final chapter of Edgar Wright's "Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy," which began with 2004's Shaun of the Dead and continued in 2007's Hot Fuzz.~Jason Buchanan
Additional Commentaries, Featurettes
Completing the Golden Mile
Deleted Scene and Out-Takes
Edgar & Simon's Flip Chart
Feature Commentary with Writers Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg
As usual, Edward Wright, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, and the others deliver and do not disappoint. Totally my kind of film, to say the least. I do admit to being a huge fan of this team, but this final chapter of "The Cornetto Trilogy" is funny, exciting, and thought provoking. It's a must see. Masterful brilliance at it's best!
So, for those in the know, Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost have cobbled together a loose trilogy of films relating to three different flavors of Cornetto ice cream cones. Strawberry for the bloody Shaun of the Dead, regular blue for the police comedy Hot Fuzz, and mint chocolate chip for the sci-fi bent The World's End. Now that I got that out of the way, you should infer that this is the group's crack at sci-fi. Even though Simon Pegg moved along to Star Trek, this movie is still very much I their wheelhouse. After a failed suicide attempt, over the hill slacker Gary King has the epiphany that what he needs to get his life back on track is to gather his mates and finish the pub crawl they abandoned back in their youth. Meanwhile, his friends have all moved on to successful careers and families of their own. One of the big themes of the movie is the old saying, you can never go home again. While figurative in real life, the gang realizes that "home" has literally changed beyond recognition. I didn't find it funny in the same ways as its predecessors but it made up for it in melding humor and sci-fi with a story about leaving behind the trivial pursuits of youth and embracing adulthood. That will definitely throw people for a loop as far as expectations but don't write it off before you see it. These three films demonstrate the growth of both Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg as filmmakers. It's not more of the same but that's why it's good. If you're already a fan of these guys, then you'll enjoy it. You can't go wrong with our guys and the added bonus of Eddie Marsan, Martin Freeman, and Paddy Considine. Throw in James Bond himself, Pierce Brosnan, and good times are to be had.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Owned for 1 month when reviewed.
If you like Shaun of the dead, you will like this movie.
Very funny and lots of great camera angles.
This one is very hard to review. The first hour is a drama about the dangers of holding on to the past. It's very well acted and drew me in. Then, out of nowhere, the movie becomes an entirely different genre (I'm not sure if it's spoiler territory to say which drama - so I won't). I actually really liked the first half and wanted more of that. The second half was OK, but I actually wish the movie had just chosen a lane and stuck with it. Still, I enjoyed it. I still prefer Pegg's 'Hot Fuzz', but I'd watch this again.
This hilarious British comedy features the same folks who brought us “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” so get ready for a good time. This time out, 5 old friends decide to return to their small home town best known for having the world’s first roundabout and The Golden Mile. The later features a series of 12 pubs concluding at The World’s End. Twenty years earlier the boys only made it half way before youthful drinking incapacitated them. Four of the five have moved on, but Gary King (Simon Pegg) aka “The King” (how original) hasn’t. He still wears the same tee-shirt over the same long trench coat that he did we he was 20. He still drives the same car (The Beast), is still irresponsible and well, you get the picture. He decides it would be a good idea to go back home and start over and this time complete their original goal of 1 pint of beer (minimum) at each of the 12 pubs. The other 4, Andy (Nick Frost), Oliver (Martin Freeman), Steven (Paddy Considine), and Peter (Eddie Marsan), reluctantly give in and off they go. Along the way, we get plenty of in-the-car-bickering mostly between the alcoholic Gary and the now teetotaler Andy. Directed and co-written (with Pegg) by Edgar Wright, we get just the right amount of obnoxiousness from Gary without wanting to strangle him. In other words, he’s funny. Now all of these would seem a bit much after a while as the guys get progressively drunk, but things get a bit weird. At first Gary notices that the bartenders don’t recognize him. Others seem to be the same age as they were when he left. Rosamund Pike is introduced midway as the Oliver’s sister and former love crush of Steven and Gary. It’s pretty much a thankless role. But she being sober, notices the same aloofness of the locals. If you’ve seen the trailers, you know that the town has been overrun by some strangers who ooze blue blood and emit bright light from their eyes and mouth. Androids to be sure, but the boys just call them robots. In fact, in one of the funnier scenes, the guys sit around the table, pints in hand, and try to come up a name for the robots. Unable to reach a consensus they just call them the “blanks.” Got to love it. As the quintet continue their mission, they have to avoid the “blanks” who want the guys to adapt rather than fight. But the guys are more concerned about getting to The World’s End. For Gary, it is clearly his mission in life. The final act is a doozy with some surprisingly funny and well-staged fight scenes and some hilarious byplay between Gary and a character played by Bill Nighy.
This often overlooked third film in Edgar Wright’s Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy is filled with solid action and plenty of humor to boot. This time, series stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost face off evil aliens in this satire of the Body Snatcher films. Yes, “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” are better films, but this movie is still pretty amazing in its own right. Check it out if you haven’t yet and revisit it if you haven’t seen it in awhile. I don’t think that you’ll be disappointed.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
If you enjoyed Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz. It’s a comedy worth watching.