You should definitely go see The World’s End (rated R) this weekend. It is the last of the loosely bound, so-called Cornetto* trilogy by Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Edgar Wright — and it is amazing. You can already tell that from the poster:
This reluctantly-coming-of-middle-age movie has a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is a feat in and of itself. It is truly a crowning glory to the trilogy, wrapping it up by neatly incorporating elements of each movie. The references are appreciated but at the same time are not so overt that if you haven’t seen Shaun of the Dead (who ARE you?) or Hot Fuzz (I know, you’ll get to it) you will feel left out.
Simon Pegg is still playing a screw-up, but instead of his usual milquetoast-turned-hero, he is playing determinedly-screwed-up-loser-turned-hero. Nick Frost plays a totally convincing distanced-best-friend. The rest of the cast is rounded out very well by faces Anglophiles will know and love, most likely Martin Freeman, who is adorable (just saying, that man looks good in a suit).
There are plenty of fight scenes, and they are all beautiful. This time around, Nick Frost’s character gets a lot of the focus and it is wonderful to see him be a badass in direct contradiction with his character. I wouldn’t go just for the fight scenes, but they are creatively coordinated, and interestingly shot.
The plot itself is the standard Cornetto trilogy fare: A screw-up has to face all the stuff he was avoiding and become a total badass. I don’t get sick of that story, as it’s the classic hero’s journey. I do need to warn you, the ending doesn’t come out of nowhere, but it gets a little out there. It fits perfectly with the story, but it is a far cry from the slightly socially awkward pub crawl this movie starts with.
Speaking of the ending, there is (sadly) no need to stay to the end of the credits.
The amazing thing about this movie is how it sneaks up on you. Even if you know the major plot points before you see it, it lulls you into a false sense of security about what kind of movie it is going to be, then smacks you in the face with its science fiction awesomeness. So go see it, and let me know what you thought in the comments!
Trigger Warning: This movie has mental health issues that are hinted at, and at one point the consequences are revealed. If you have a serious trigger for mental health issues, it could be upsetting, so take a supportive friend or maybe wait until you’re in a good place mentally to see it.
*a type of British ice cream which appears in every movie