The World’s End (2013) – movie review


The World’s End is directed by Edgar Wright and is the third and final instalment in the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy. It follows Gary King, a middle-aged slacker committed to reliving the glory days of his youth as he bands together his old mates (whom all have chosen the business path) for a road-trip back to their hometown of Newton Haven.

On their last day of high-school in 1990, they attempted a 12-stop pub-crawl which they never completed but now, Gary is determined to find closure and complete the crawl. However, the majority of the town’s citizens have been replaced by outer-space robots on their quest to dominate the Earth. But nothing will get in the way of Gary and that twelfth drink in the final pub of the quest, The World’s End.

I’ve repeatedly stated that the films in the Cornetto Trilogy are my favourite films of all time as they perfectly respect both the pesky critic and easy-to-please popcorn-devourer that dwell within my body.

Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End are indeed my favourite films of all time and I am constantly finding more and more reasons to love them but out of the three, The World’s End is my favourite. Making it my favourite movie ever made.

I’m (for some reason I can’t identify) always intrigued by stories where characters are so close to death, a death which is very possible. This Is the End was really amusing and intriguing for me simply because the characters were so close to death and that the movie was MA15+, meaning that they could be killed off without worry. Whereas Goosebumps didn’t conjure a single inch of intrigue as the movie was PG and the threat was so family friendly.

The World’s End spends quite a bit of time introducing us to the main five characters and then very suddenly shoves them into a situation of death or near-escape, and death seems the more possible outcome.

All of this intrigue in fictional death (which again, I can’t pinpoint why) may be a large part of why I love the film but it isn’t the only reason. The World’s End has a perfect story. The humour is intelligent yet can be enjoyed by those used to lower-brow comedy, the science-fiction element is heavily borrowed from other sources yet it is still executed perfectly, the dramatic element (as brief as it is) is exceptional and the detailing is vast and incredible.

Edgar Wright is known for the extensive detail that goes into his films and The World’s End has the most detail by far. The references to other works are more hidden than Shaun or Fuzz but they are still plentiful.

The foreshadowing and foreboding is great (there are whole videos on YouTube that talk about one scene in The World’s End which foreshadows every event in the story) and the jokes which are set up much earlier than their punchline are everywhere and unfortunately, will only be noticed on a second or third viewing. But that’s just more incentive to re-watch this glorious masterpiece.

The direction is also fantastic. The shots, the aforementioned foreshadowing and foreboding, the pacing, the atmosphere and just everything else is perfectly directed and extensively thought out.

Simon Pegg’s performance as Gary King in this film gives one of the best performances I’ve seen this decade. I’m really quite surprised that he wasn’t nominated for any major awards for best leading actor because he was amazing in this movie, proving his comedic timing and dramatic side are both alive, ready for the camera and ready for the audience’s enjoyment.

Nick Frost plays King’s best friend turned most uncomfortable dinner guest and he plays him brilliantly. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Nick Frost play a serious character other than his in this and he shows that there’s a lot more to him than just being the playful best friend. A lot more.

The rest of the cast are also great. Rosamund Pike, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, Martin Freeman and Pierce Brosnan are all great and all give performances more than fitting of their respective characters.

This being an Edgar Wright film, one can safely be assured that the editing and sound will be perfect and it is. The transitions between scenes are visually appealing as well as perfectly timed. The sound design is also excellent, from the simple shutting of a car door, to the constant ominous robot noise that is going on throughout the film’s entirety (most of it anyway), each sound feels authentic and purely cinematic.

The perfect direction from a criminally underrated director, good ol’ British comedy splattered onto a genuinely brilliant science-fiction tale of conformity and glory, excessive yet well-intended profanity, the great performances, the excellent sound design and precise editing all make for what I would definitely call my favourite movie.

If you haven’t seen The World’s End, I seriously urge that you do. And if you have seen it already and you liked it, I suggest watching it again as there are many jokes only noticeable on a re-watch.

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