A few years ago I stumbled upon a little British film by the name of ‘Shaun of the Dead’. Being in North America, I was not familiar with a lot of British comedy at that time aside from the exploits of Monty Python. At that point and time I was also not a huge fan of anything related to zombies, having only seen one of George A. Romero’s ‘Dead’ series of films on one singular occasion and not finding a reason to go back for more.
A couple of years later ‘Hot Fuzz’ was released involving many of the same people responsible for ‘Shaun of the Dead’ and I was fully hooked on the style of humour that the films were bringing forth.
From the minds of Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg and featuring the Pegg and Nick Frost as the main protagonists, those first two films formed an unrelated but linked sequence of films that have become known as the “Cornetto Trilogy” for their frequent references to the popular British ice cream. This year, we see the completion of this “trilogy” with ‘The World’s End’.
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are at their best once again and bring us one of the funniest films of the year so far. It is clear that the pair have an inate ability to play off of each other and that Edgar Wright as director knows exactly how to utilize that fact in this thired foracy between the three on the big screen.
For me though, the true scene stealer in ‘The World’s End’ is Eddie Marsan in a supporting role as one of the group of five revellers. Best known in North America for his roles in ‘Hancock’ and ‘Sherlock Holmes’, Marsan steps up as the film wears on, quickly becoming my favourite character as things change more and more.
Despite the basic premise of the film, Wright, Pegg and Frost manage to still an interesting story about loss of friends, avoiding growing up and how change may not always be for the best.
Being a huge fan of work from all parties responsible for ‘The World’s End’ may colour my perspective a little bit on liking the film or not, but I am clearly not on my own on that account, as the film does carry a Certified Fresh score of 90% on Rotten Tomatoes.
With a limited number of screen prints available in North America, I did end up driving an hour away to see ‘The World’s End’, but it was completely worth it, and I would recommend to anyone who is a fan of the previous films to, if they get a chance, see this film in theatres. If not, once it is on video take advantage of it.
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