After Shaun of the Dead took the world by storm with its brilliant comedic take on the zombie genre Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost became instant house hold names and have been making their mark on the industry ever since. After Shaun of the Dead they teamed up again for their action comedy Hot Fuzz to bring their own unique vision of action and proved that they were a force to be reckoned with. Now they are back together once back again for the final chapter of their “Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy” with the alien action comedy The World’s End, but will it pack the punch needed to stand up against the previous films and continue their dominance in the industry?
The World’s End follows five childhood friends who reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again in an attempt 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. As we all know Shaun of the Dead and Hott Fuzz are great fun, but this film steps things up big time. The storyline is simple, but allows the actors to take on some of the most in depth characters they have gotten to play in these films to date. In addition they have switched up some of their normal personas to deliver something fresh and new. Everyone is great in this film and they all play off of each other perfectly to create all of the needed comedy, friendship, anger and emotion that bring these relationships to life and evolve in the direction needed for this film to work. There is plenty of action here and it top notch with each fight getting better and better. We all know they are no stranger to action, but Frost and Pegg deliver all their own fight scenes that are perfectly executed and to the level of something you would see in a Jackie Chan movie, which is no surprise since the man behind them is from his stunt team. The effects and direction of the second half of the film delivers a simplistic yet brilliant approach meshes perfectly with the science fiction aspect.
This film keeps all the humor and fun that fans have come to expect from these guys, but delivers probably the most complete film to date, really showcasing their growth as filmmakers. Beyond the fun action, comedy and excitement of this film, make sure to not forget and see if you can find the Cornetto reference somewhere in the film, but you have to pay attention. They have mentioned that this is the end of the trilogy, but let’s home it is just another stepping stone to more greatness from these guys and we will see them together yet again.