Evil Movie Reviews: The World’s End

 Greetings Evil Geeks, today’s Evil Movie Review is a movie that I’ve been waiting to lay eyes on ever since it’s title was cryptically announced via Twitter by two of the mega-talented stars behind it.  I’m not normally one to pick a favorite of anything, I acknowledge that what I may be in the mood for one minute, might not be so favorable to me in the next, but if for some reason you were to put a gun to my head (let’s face it, there’s probably more than a few folks out there that would love to have C-Mart in that scenario) and forced me to pick a favorite movie of all time, the first entry in the Cornetto Trilogy, Shaun of the Dead would be a strong contender for the title that would eventually come out of my mouth.  If there’s two things I love, it’s zombies and comedy; and Shaun is a masterpiece that blends the two seamlessly.  While I hold Hot Fuzz in not quite so hallowed a spot, I still think it’s a fantastic movie.  After years of waiting and even a wannabe member of the club with the movie Paul (which isn’t a bad movie at all in my opinion, it’s just that Edgar Wright wasn’t a part of it, so it’s forced to stand alone), the third installment of the trilogy is finally upon us with the release of “The World’s End”.  How does it stack up against the others?  Let’s start dissecting and find out!

The World’s End focuses on a group of five now former friends, who were extremely close in their youth.  The leader of the group is Gary King (the older version played amazingly by Simon Pegg), a sort of emo, Fonzie type, who’s all about being the coolest guy in the room and always having a good time. Nick Frost plays Andy Knightley, Gary’s once best friend and number one acolyte. Rounding out the group is Martin Freeman (The Hobbit and BBC’s Sherlock), Eddie Marsan (of Showtime’s Ray Donovan) and Paddy Considine (who was in the 2nd installment of the trilogy, Hot Fuzz). Rosamund Pike (Die Another Day and Jack Reacher) also joins the crew, playing Martin Freeman’s younger sister, with whom Gary had a quick fling with when they were younger.  Way back in 1990, on the night after their last day of school, the quintet  attempted The Golden Mile; a 12 stop pub crawl, culminating at a tavern called The World’s End.

The boys are a little too enthused about the journey, hit the first stops on the tour a little heavy and end up being too drunk to continue after only 9 stops.  In retrospect, Gary sadly realizes that the failed journey was the best night of his life.  While the other members of the crew have grown up, finding mundane, everyday lives with wives and children of their own, Gary has remained the same guy he was back in school.  Everyone always wants to hang out with the Fonz and party all the time when they’re young, but once everyone else grows up the Fonz is left on his own, clinging to the faded glory of a life that peaked early.

After a particularly trying therapy session, Gary decides to get the old gang back together for another shot at completing The Golden Mile because he’s never gotten over the failure of their previous attempt.  Reuniting everyone isn’t going to be an easy task for Gary though, because eventually the crew grew tired of Gary’s antics, separated themselves from him, and moved on.  As Gary goes to each member of the group individually, recruiting them for the journey, each of the men don’t believe that Andy will participate because of a rift between him and Gary, caused by something terrible that Gary supposedly did to him. Even though in his younger days, Andy had a legendarily high tolerance for booze and partying, these days he’s now a family man who hasn’t touched a drop of hooch in 16 years.  Eventually, each of the men cave into temptation and decide to join Gary for the second run at the epic pub crawl.  Along the way they find that each of the distinct pubs marking the trail has succumbed to the homogenization that seems to come alongside with modernization.  Each of the pubs looks like the same vanilla looking establishment over and over again.  Along the way they see some familiar faces from their youth and their previous attempt at the feat of alcoholic strength, but something just isn’t right about any of this.  The men eventually discover that the town has been infiltrated by robotic, alien, replicants that have secretly replaced the townspeople.  The men decide to continue on with the quest so as not to draw attention to themselves, but of course things go horribly wrong and the men are chased through the streets of their hometown as they desperately try to reach the end of the Golden Mile.

The film does not disappoint when it comes to upholding the action/comedy legacy established by the first two films in the series.  As the series moves on you can see how Wright has progressed as a director, as The World’s End looks closer to Edgar Wright’s non-Cornetto film Scott Pilgrim Vs. the World, than it does Shaun of the Dead.  It’s a highly stylized and polished look, with lots of quick cutting, but it’s a look that fits the film well.  The fight scenes of the film manage to reel in some laughs, since a lot of the fisticuffs involve old school wrestling moves.  Nick Frost drops an elbow at one point that could rival the might of that of the Macho Man Randy Savage.  The story is entertaining as well; combining elements of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Thing, and even coming of age movies like Stand By Me.  We see Simon Pegg slowly reveal to each of his former companions the patheticness that has crept in because Gary’s held on to the past for so long.  He’s faced with taking responsibility for his life and past transgressions, but it’s done in a way that doesn’t feel preachy or over dramatic.

Shaun of the Dead still holds to top spot in my rankings of the films of the Cornetto Trilogy, but I will rank The World’s End above Hot Fuzz.  Edgar Wright continues his streak of bringing incredibly entertaining movies to the screen and I personally can’t wait to see what he has planned for Marvel’s Ant-Man movie.  It’s not necessary that you see the other films in the trilogy before this one, but if you have seen them, you’ll notice some winks here and there to the previous films.  The World’s End was definitely worth the wait and arduous anticipation, so get out there and catch a showing.  Come back again soon for an all new Evil Movie Review!

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A true Marvel Zombie, die-hard George Romero fan, Star Wars addict, Whovian, and life-long gamer. I make with the Tweets @CMart0979

Posted on August 24, 2013, in Evil Movie Reviews, Features, Geekology, Movies, Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

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