Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have done it again with The World’s End, another strange comedy starring the duo as “normal” people thrown into strange and hilariously terrifying circumstances.
I enjoyed the movie immensely, but I will throw in the caveat that if you didn’t like Hot Fuzz or Shaun of the Dead, or if you don’t enjoy British humor, this movie might not have the same effect on you.
Also, a note on the story, without spoiling the movie, all I can say is that some people may have an issue with the character arc. I had absolutely no issue with it, because I’ve been complaining all year about movies being too formulaic. It was nice to have a movie that didn’t do what I expected.
“Twenty 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 mate 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.”
The cast was superb. I won’t even share any quotes with you, because I want you to have that delightful moment of absurdity all to yourself.
Special Effects and Action
Yes. I will not spoil this for you. All I will say, is yes.
Cinematography and Sound
The cinematography was refreshingly artistic at times. I really enjoyed it. Again, reminiscent of Hot Fuzz and Shaun of the Dead. The sound was a surprisingly integral part of the film, with music and sound effects sometimes taking the center stage, which was interesting.
The World’s End is entertaining, funny, and action-packed, all while maintaining the trademark comedic style of breaking all the rules while parodying more traditional movies. I highly recommend it to fans of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Also, I need there to be a sequel!