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I am a huge fan of the Cornetto trilogy (my favorite being the exquisite "Hot Fuzz,") but "The World's End," while a very imaginative and entertaining movie in its own right left me a bit less enthused than the two previous installments. This film centers on five old friends reuniting for an epic pub crawl featuring encounters with everything from high school bullies and old flames to a full scale alien invasion. Simon Pegg as the former leader of the gang who has been destroyed by life has a darker and much more emotional role here, and he turns out a great performance; for my money though Nick Frost takes top honors as the straight guy (a great role reversal from "Hot Fuzz" which pleased me immensely.) While Simon is perfectly suited to play a jerk, the supporting cast (many of whom are veterans of "Hot Fuzz" or "Shaun of the Dead") particularly Martin Freeman and Paddy Considine are equally up to their respective roles.

I liked the thematic similarities between The Network and the NWA (from "Hot Fuzz") and the inherent alien evilness of The Network is perfectly encapsulated in Bill Nighy's detached and genuinely creepy dialogue. Pierce Brosnan as a former teacher and alien acolyte is a piece of casting genius, and the scenes in the bar between the protagonists and Brosnan are high points. The conclusion (don't miss the Cornetto passes really quickly in this one!) is an interesting post-apocalyptic take on the future that is unpredictable and arresting and allows Frost to really shine.

The film is beautifully made with extraordinary editing of particular note. Edgar Wright is a truly talented filmmaker and "The World's End" features a lot of his signature dark humor, though unlike the other two Cornetto films, I felt a bit empty after watching this one. The acting and cast is first rate, the film is gloriously beautiful to watch, and the action sequences are brilliant, but in the end I felt it was perhaps a bit longer than ideal as there were moments I found my mind wandering, something that never once occurred during "Shaun of the Dead" or "Hot Fuzz."

The DVD has many extras which are all worth checking out, particularly for fans of Wright, Pegg, and Frost. I have no qualms recommending "The World's End," but must honestly say it's my least favorite of the three Cornetto films (but "Hot Fuzz" is perpetually in my list of top five favorite films of all time, with "Shaun of the Dead" close in trail.) This is a thoughtful if bleaker film than the earlier pictures, but the performances and surprises are excellent and deserving of a look.
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on July 26, 2016
Can't go wrong with Simon Pegg & Nick Frost. This is the 3rd movie in their so called cornetto trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End). I like this movie because it mixes a pub crawl with aliens! Great movie, great lines, and incredible plot. Non stop laughs and action will await you. Don't be a robot, watch this movie!
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on May 10, 2017
Very entertaining. The setup in particular is very funny. I was expecting one thing from the setup, but the movie goes off into left field part way through; way, way into left field. But don't let this deter you, there is plenty fun still to be had, and lessons to be learned.

Simon Pegg plays a guy looking to relive the good old days. He peaked in high school, and his life hasn't progressed since then. He wants to go to the well tonight, and do some talking about Glory Days, to quote The Boss. He gets his old school friends back together to complete an epic pub crawl in their hometown.

The plot is crazy and it isn't as good as the other Nick Frost/Simon Pegg offerings (especially Hot Fuzz). However, this is a rollicking good time. Simon Pegg plays his 40 year old arrested development character perfectly. It suits him so well, you wonder what his life might have been had he not become a movie star. Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) plays the love interest, and the other supporting characters are all well played. But it is Nick Frost, playing the seemly trodden-down friend from high school that really shines. During the climax, he rises to the occasion spectacularly. Playing the hero suits him better than I would have guessed from his other movies.

I am off now to watch it again. I was laughing so much that I missed a lot of the jokes.
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First of all, if you enjoyed Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, don't even think about missing The World's End, the third film in the so called "Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy." My wife and I rank it just behind Shaun and about equal to Hot Fuzz. In other words, it's a marvelous film. When Simon Pegg gathers four of his now-aging high school pals to recreate an epic pub crawl they did more than twenty years earlier, little did they know they were about to discover a conspiracy so bizarre that the fate of the world might depend on their actions. What ensues is another laugh-out-loud farce that's reminiscent of Shaun of the Dead.

Watch for Pierce Brosnan's cameo appearance as the boy's former high school teacher. And of course, there's the Cornetto ice cream wrapper to watch for.

For fans of Simon Pegg, this is another must-see film.
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on December 3, 2013
The World's End is a well-written action, middle-age life crisis, dark humored meets sci-fi film. The actors bring characters to life, making them believable. Like life, people aren't always what they seem; it's during crises that one's mettle is tested and who we are as human beings really revealed.

The movie isn't exactly what I thought it was going to be about, but was NOT disappointing in even a small dose! My teenagers caught some of the little "pieces" that relate to Simon Pegg's & Nick Frost's two previous films ("Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz"), which sometimes only consisted of, say, a piece of wrapper.

The Special Features were enjoyable to watch. Seeing the actors not in character as they talked about the writing of the film, what their vision was, and how it came about was fun.

I'll not write a summary of the movie-- you can get that anywhere. But the summary of our family's view of this film: We loved it! If you like British humor, if you liked Pegg's other two movies, then you'll likely enjoy this film, as well. Very well written, interesting characters, nice approach to the mixed-genre subjects.
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on January 24, 2014
Who doesn't like a great story about buddies and beer? Edgar Wright certainly loves it. Once again united Simon Pegg & Nick Frost comes the final chapter in the 'Blood & Ice Cream' Trilogy.

'The World's End' is the story of 5 best buddies who tried to tackle their towns legendary Golden Mile. 12 pubs and a pint in each all the way to the king of all bars...The World's End. Unfortunately, they didn't quite get there and now it is up to the one of them who chose not to grow up. So, he gets the band back together to head back to their old stomping grounds and try again. Only this time, the mile might be a little different than the last time.

If you like British Comedy, and films like 'Shawn of The Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz', then I don't need to promote this film anymore. If you want to get a great laugh and see a comedy unlike something you have never seen before then you have to see 'The World's End' It is by far one of the best films that 2013 had to offer.
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on December 2, 2016
There is probably the best case for individualism made in this movie since the Declaration of Independence. The violence in the movie is so over the top that it is funny (very funny) rather than threatening. Anyone who ever really wanted to achieve anything can relate to the hero of the story (a down-on-his-luck former "cool kid" who desperately wants to complete a very difficult pub crawl). The movie is very uplifting in what it says about our desire to be free.
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on June 15, 2014
This is the third film in Edgar Wright's Cornetto trilogy and it delivers exactly what you would expect. If you like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, then you must see this one too. This is Wright's homage to alien invasion flicks and it is as witty and heartfelt as all of his other work. I loved it. I love everything he touches. If you do to, then get this movie. If you are not familiar with the trilogy, DO NOT start here. Checkout Shaun and Hot Fuzz, if you like them, then this is the same genre-bending style and it is worth having a copy on your shelf to share with friends who have never seen his work.
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on December 31, 2013
I regard "Shaun of the Dead" to be not only a first-rate comedy, but also an outstanding zombie film. "Hot Fuzz" is a better Michael Bay/Keanu Reeves/Bruce Willis popcorn-action flick than any of those guys have made in decades, in addition to being so funny that it sometimes leaves me breathless (if it makes sense, the movie is sometimes so brilliant that I forget to laugh. Instead, I stare in open-mouthed amazement). "The World's End" has a high bar to clear, but it does so easily. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost deliver excellent performances that reverse their usual dynamic, but the real takeaway from this movie is just what an outstanding director Edgar Wright has become. The action sequences in the movie are fluidly shot and well-planned and executed. Many a big-name "action" director could stand a day or two observing at Edgar Wright's feet. Like the previous volumes in the trilogy, "The World's End" delivers laughs, a solid script, an homage/appreciation of genre that moves far beyond parody, and some intriguing ideas. I thought it was one of the best movies of 2013.
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on February 5, 2015
If you're coming into this off of "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz," be prepared because it's the least funny of the three films. That's not really a bad thing, because it's got the most on its mind. There's more of a message and some deeper thoughts going on beneath the surface in this case. It makes it a bit less of a thrilling ride, but I think it leads leaves a longer lasting impression in the end.

It doesn't hurt that Pegg gives what is probably his best and most nuanced performance in any film. Frost is also in top form, playing somewhat against type in this one. The rest of the cast is top notch as well, and keeping things focused on the pub crawl and characters keep things anchored even as the overall tone changes as the film goes on.
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