The end has come! The World’s End, the grand finale of “The Cornetto Trilogy” (Shaun Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End) starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and directed by Edgar Wright has finally hit theaters, and man is it one hell of a ride!
I’m not going to beat around the bush…Shaun Of The Dead is and will likely always be my favorite of the three movies for various reasons. (It’s like picking one favorite between your three favorite ice cream flavors…I love them all!) That being said, I think that The World’s End is overall a much stronger movie.
One comment I’ve seen among friends and peers alike is that The World’s End “isn’t as funny as the others”. In this regard, they are right. It’s not AS funny as Shaun Of The Dead or Hot Fuzz, but it is still a very funny movie. The interesting thing is that there are justifiable reasons why TWE isn’t as funny as its predecessors:
- It has more of a focus on the sci-fi elements and emotional drama.
- It has moments that are quite dark, and I’d argue just as emotionally impactful (possibly moreso) than even the death of Shaun’s mother in SOTD (and don’t cry “spoilers” because it has been out almost a decade).
Really, the worst that can be said about the film is that it isn’t as funny as its predecessors. Otherwise it does have moments that some might find too bizarre or perhaps even confusing. Beyond that, The World’s End is a solid science fiction adventure with plenty of action, laughs, and a deep message hitting on the topic of nostalgia. Even the ending was rather unexpected (foreseeable for sure, but unexpected)!
All things considered, I highly…HIGHLY recommend seeing The World’s End in theaters. It’s easily one of the most satisfying movies of the summer, especially for fans of the other movies like myself. In fact, make it a marathon this weekend and watch the entire trilogy! Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz at home, then The World’s End at your local theater!
I’m Papa Kenn, and I’ll see you next review.
***WARNING: POTENTIAL SPOILERS BELOW***
- Favorite Quote:
- Nick – “Why is this so important to you?”
- Gary – “It’s all I have!”
- Missed Opportunity:
- No one ever says “You’ve got blue on you.”