Good, Bad & Ugly Review: The World’s End


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Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 92% (Critics) / 77% (Audience)
Directed By: Edgar Wright
Written By: Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman and Pierce Brosnan
Studio: Focus Features

Synopsis: The third installment of director Edgar Wright’s trilogy of comedies starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, following the successes “Shaun of the Dead” (2004) and “Hot Fuzz” (2007). In “The World’s End,” 20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by Gary King (Simon Pegg), a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub – The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries. – (Source)

The Good:
Simon Pegg was a hyperactive treat to watch as a man heading into his 40s but still suffering from the worst case of arrested development in recorded history. Everything about Pegg’s Gary King screamed that you should completely hate him but instead you feel a mixture of pity and admiration for the guy. And while all of the actors portraying the childhood friends were good it was Pegg and Nick Frost’s easy chemistry that really stood out among the crew as the two actors essentially flipped roles with Pegg being the more reckless, irresponsible one while Frost played against type as the straight man who actually has his life together.
The script was just as quick-witted and snappy as the two other films in The Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy and Wright’s distinctive directing flourishes were very welcome.

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The Bad:
Before all of the alien invasion hijinks started the movie had begun to get a little one note with the four other guys just being disapproving of Pegg’s character and Pegg was the only one really doing anything of interest.

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The Ugly:
I would have liked to see a bit more of the serious mixed in with the funny and sci-fi stuff. SHAUN OF THE DEAD was able to get that mix absolutely perfect but in THE WORLD’S END the losses pile up and there is very little reaction to them that has meaning or that the characters treat like they mattered much at all.

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Final Verdict: A fun and fitting end to the wonderful trilogy of filmed that Wright, Pegg and frost have given the world. While not as great as SHAUN OF THE DEAD, this film delivers in all the ways that matter and the chemistry between the actors help to make it easy to overlook any of the movie’s flaws.

Grade: B

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