Recently me and my friends attended a screening of the entire “Cornetto Trilogy”, which for those of you who don’t know, consists of the superb “Shaun Of the Dead”, the equally brilliant “Hot Fuzz” and the newest addition “The Worlds End”. I don’t know if the fact I watched the first two before hand made the bar The Worlds End had to aim for just too high, or if my brain had fatigued too much from 5 hours in a cinema when it finally started (at midnight). But in my opinion, this highly anticipated conclusion to Edgar Wrights trilogy failed to match my expectations. It wasn’t awful, but for me I found it really difficult to relate to, or like, the protagonist Gary King (played by Simon Pegg). There is no getting round it, Gary is a knob. He gets his friends into bother, he lied about his mothers death to start a pub crawl and refused to accept responsibility for anything. This instantly makes me want him to fail. Harsh…..maybe, but in both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz the characters played by Simon Pegg have had their issues; be it a lack of motivation to improve his life, or being too uptight about his job and being unable to switch off, in both films however the protagonist develops into a reformed character and you are glad for it. The Worlds End however, concludes with a drunken speech from a Gary King that is still full of the same crap that he’s been spitting out through the whole film. Almost no character progression at all leaves a sense of “whats the point” about the whole thing. That said the brilliant cast, and always perfect pairing of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, make this film enjoyable and funny at times, but whilst we are on the subject; Andy Knightly (played by Nick Frost) was again a bizarre change from the his normal and popular characters. In both of the first two films Nick plays a simple but lovable character. In The Worlds End however he plays a fairly successful business man who is intelligent and seems to have a pretty good grasp of everything around him. In my opinion this made him less enjoyable and, without wishing to spoil key parts of the film, at one point Andy’s entire attitude towards drinking (which he has maintained for some years) changes without seemingly any reason. I think however it is fair to say that what let this film down the most was the Narrative. All 3 of the Cornetto Trilogy films are ridiculous (as are a lot of good comedies) but there is something about this one that made me keep repeating the phrase “oh forget the fuc*@ng pub crawl and just run!”. But never mind. I think on reflection, had I not been really tired, and had I not seen the better two parts of this trilogy in the hours leading up to The Worlds End, I may have enjoyed it more. However, less relatable or likable characters and a far weaker story would stop me rating the film up there with its older brothers. A good cast and some laughs along the way however, mean I would say it’s a decent all round comedy, that is just about above average.
The Worlds End- Final Score: 5/10,
Decent, but simply does not come anywhere near the other two films in the Cornetto trilogy!
(Image from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_World%27s_End_(film))