The conclusion to the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy is as funny as it is an appropriate progression of growing up. The World’s End, directed by Edgar Wright, stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in a coming of age story, told from the inebriated perspective of a group of friends who rendezvous to complete a teenage challenge in their hometown of Newton Haven.
On a fateful day in 1990, Gary King (Pegg) and his four closest friends (Frost, Eddie Marsen, Martin Freeman, and Paddy Condisine) embark on the Golden Mile, a pub crawl that enters 12 pubs and requires a minimum of 12 pints of beer. Needless to say, they fall short of their goal, ending at The World’s End. 20 years later, the friends have drifted apart, grown up and moved on their lives – all except King, who after talking to a help group, decides it’s time to get the “band together again.”
After convincing each friend to return, even the most apprehensive Andy (Frost), they return to their hometown, dragged along by the excited man-child King. While each friend has distinctively grown up, King looks absolutely the same as he did the last time they tried to complete the Golden Mile. This is where Wright’s film differs itself from it’s Cornetto predecessors. As funny as The World’s End is, it’s must more thematically and characteristically grown-up. The challenges that each friend faces in their life, whether it be professional, family or friend, feels real. However, the greatest change is the role-reversal for Pegg and Frost. Pegg plays the goofy loser, although the “loser” aspects of his personality delve quite deeper than any of Frost’s previous characters have. Likewise, Frost is given a character that has more than one layer and plays the straight arrow for once (although it’s a lot of fun when he inevitably let’s go).
Every aspect that brings these friends together is something that seems absolutely plausible. That’s what makes the robot (“Blanks”) twist so much fun. It comes out of nowhere and proceeds to push the friends together to finish the Mile. It’s a blast of a film, filled with humor, but plenty of introspective and bonding for friends who’ve been wedged apart from past King transgressions.
Although some parts of the film felt unbalanced in the beginning, it all comes together nicely, just as the story hits it’s robotic turn. It’s one of the best movies of the summer easily and worth the price to see it on the big screen.