10 years ago a Romantic Comedy with Zombies made stars out of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and Edgar Wright with Shaun of the Dead’s (Strawberry) cult following. This success lead to a sequel where the focus was on a buddy cop movie in which they face off against a small village run by a gang of murders; Hot Fuzz (Blue).
Now the final story of ‘The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy’ sees five childhood friends going back to their home town to complete an epic pub crawl known as the Golden Mile: 12 pubs, 12 pints, the last being The World’s End.
We meet Gary King (Pegg) a man who is stuck in his cigarette-smoking, sick-stained life of his 90s teenagehood while his former friends Steven (Paddy Considine), Oliver (Martin Freeman), Peter (Eddie Marsan), and one time best friend Andy (Frost) have settled down, married with kids. Andy hasn’t drunk in 16 years to which Gary replies “You must be thirsty then.”
Reluctantly they go with Andy’s plan, returning to Newtown Haven with false camaraderie, but something’s wrong. The four them think it’s Gary, but it turns out that the whole town is run by alien robots and it’s down to “the five musketeers” to save the world.
It’s refreshing to see Pegg playing a self-absorbed, ignorant prick instead of the loveable loser, and he truly is the most unlikely person to save the world.
It’s also interesting in how each friend has a different reason for hating Gary; for example Steve still holds a grudge because Gary took the girl he was in love with, Oliver’s sister Sam (Rosamund Pike).
All the jokes are funny and in some cases intelligent. The script is filled with witty one liners, and the in your face action still has an edge of British charm.
The biggest notice is the influence of the late 80s and early 90s in this movie. Gary wears the some clothing as he did when they first attempted the Golden Mile; he drives the same car, The Beast, with a cassette player with a mix tape Steven made for him.
This is also shows in the soundtrack from bands such as Primal Scream, Blur, Soul ll Soul, and The Doors.
The whole cast is brilliant, especially Frost playing someone who wants nothing more but to cave Gary’s skull in, and for a big man he has got some moves.
Another toast to how far Freeman has come in his career from having no speaking role in Shaun then having a bit part in Fuzz, and now via Middle Earth and Bakers Street he’s a leading character.
We are also introduced to Considine and Marsan, who many British and Americans may not know, but don’t be fooled by his English accent as Considine is from Ireland.
Finally Wright has kept some of the elements that made Shaun and Fuzz so great such as the dramatic, sharp close ups and the jumping fence panels, and let’s not forget the cornetto (this movie is mint).
With the likes of This is the End and Pacific Rim, watching the world getting its arse kicked is the big Hollywood thing at the moment. At least it beats fucking Vampires.
Anyway, this is the perfect way to end a series of movies with a big bang. If you’re a fan of the trilogy then you will love it, but if you’re new you will have a great time regardless with lots of laughs. Oh, and it’s a perfect movie for a first date, you lucky people.
Well, we have a drinking game about a movie which is about drinking so this going to go well.
Take a Drink: every time you see or hear something from the previous two movies.
Take a Drink of Water: because you are manly enough to do it and you don’t need alcohol to have a good time.
Try Your Own Golden Mile: get a small group of no more than 5 or 6 because drinks will be getting expensive throughout the night and map out your locations, downing a drink at each one. Sadly some of you won’t make it to the end, but if you do you will become: