Excerpt: More a parody of zombie apocalypse films than an homage to them, the story of old friends reliving their pubquest becomes a contrived battle of good versus evil. On occasion, the two concepts happily converge. Though Pegg and director Edgar Wright’s script is steeped in British humor, many examples are frivolous.
Excerpt: Maybe the aliens were right. Maybe humanity isn’t ready for intergalactic mingling. When the Body Snatchers came down and warped our minds from the poison of free thinking, we stopped going to war and stopped hating each other. So for World’s End , maybe we are in fact better off being under control of alien robots. Or, this is just the booze talking. After all, a dozen pubs in one night – 12 pints worth of various worldwide lagers – can warp anyone’s perception.
Excerpt: Edgar Wright's The World's End is about a disappointment particular to a small-town local's recrudescence, about both the urge to return to the place of one's youth and the disillusionment inherent in doing so. It proposes that the worst thing about moving from your small hometown to the big city is the sad realization that your small hometown doesn't care that you left.
Conclusion: Funny, smart, exciting and substantial, The World's End is much more than most comedies. While sharply executed, its genre storyline and action isn't quite as sharp as the rest and keeps this talented British group from matching the perfection of their previous outing. What that means for me is that instead of being one of 2013's very best films, it settles for the top ten percentile, which is clearly nothing to scoff at.
Excerpt: While best friends in high school, Gary, Andy, Oliver, Peter and Steven spent one night doing a pub crawl of 12 local pubs on the "Miracle Mile" of their small town of Newton Haven—they never finished it. 20 years later, Gary King (Simon Pegg) wants them to reunite to complete the crawl they gave up on as kids.
Excerpt: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have been friends onscreen for a decade, and even longer if you count their work on the late-90s sitcom Spaced . Before Apatovian bromances like I Love You Man put a fine point on it, Pegg and Frost were out there embodying the tight friendships of delayed adolescence, two grown men who relied on each other, loved each other, and helped each other fight off zombies, violent village elders and the constant threat of growing up.
Conclusion: Bravely refusing to rigidly adhere to a formula that has been so successful, Wright, Pegg and Frost’s Cornetto Trilogy closer has tonal shifts you won’t expect, but the same beating heart you’ve been craving.
Summary: Concluding their loose ‘Cornetto trilogy’ after Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz , The World’s End sees director Edgar Wright reteam with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and the result is some of the best work they’ve committed to screen. Shaun may be almost ten years old (and their TV show Spaced even older), but the trio have lost none of their chemistry, with The World’s End benefiting greatly from these gentlemen being a little older and more experienced craftsmen.