Sound Off: Edgar Wright's 'The World's End' - What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
August 23, 2013
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Time for Total Annihilation. Now playing in US theaters everywhere is Edgar Wright's The World's End, his conclusion to the Cornetto Trilogy starring Simon Pegg & Nick Frost. This time, the two join three other childhood friends in an attempt to finish the epic pub crawl they started 20 years ago in their hometown. But they unwittingly become humankind's only hope for survival. So how is it? Best Edgar Wright movie yet or his worst? How are the five lead actors? What was your favorite part? Once you've seen it, leave a comment below with your own thoughts on The World's End.
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To kick things off, I enjoyed The World's End quite a bit. I can't say it tops Shaun of the Dead (but what ever will?) but it is an entertaining conclusion to the Cornetto Trilogy packed with so many wild, fun, extremely raucous and off-the-wall bat-shit crazy moments of weird sci-fi awesomeness. I love the cast: Simon Pegg & Nick Frost are great, but the addition of Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine & Eddie Marsan makes it so much better. I love these three guys individually but seeing them fight off robot aliens together in this quaint town was brilliant. I'm not sure if the final climax inside the last bar was everything I was hoping it would be, but the fact they chose to talk things out instead of fight makes me appreciate the choice, even though it was a bit odd at first. I'm looking forward to watching this again while enjoying a few pints of beer.
What did you think of Wright's The World's End? Better than first two or a disappointment? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!
Reader Feedback - 11 Comments
Saw it last night as part of the trilogy (which was awesome). And I know I liked it more than Hot Fuzz, and had I not seen Shaun first all those years ago I may like it more than Shaun. I liked Gary as a character, I liked that there was real emotion in this film, having sci fi elements gave it extra points. I have read that a lot of people felt it had pacing issues, but I did not find this to be the case. I want to re watch it already.
jacobcrim on Aug 23, 2013
Me too I was ready for a re-watch am hr or so after i left the Theater
Sky on Aug 29, 2013
seriously, this was excellent, in particular a cracking script from Pegg and Wright that motored along at a great pace. the sci-fi element was fun and born of a true love of the genre, and the fight sequences were surprisingly good. plus the Pierce Brosnan cameo was entertaining. i liked Pegg and Frost initially playing slightly against type, Pegg as someone without many redeeming features, Frost as someone more distant than usual, and @jacobcrim:disqus is right, there was some heft to the emotion, too. almost everyone got some good lines and the ensemble playing was fun. the very end scenes lost their way a bit, but i'd already laughed too much by then to be too bothered. a fine end to a fine 'trilogy' i know i'll re-watch again and again, hopefully brought out in a Cornetto shaped box set.
son_et_lumiere on Aug 23, 2013
I thought it was great, going to have to watch it a few more times to absorb all the details, not sure if I like it more than Hot Fuzz or not.
Sunny on Aug 23, 2013
It was way better than I thought it was going to be. The ending was a bit fucked up in my opinion but made sense since it was kinda hard to take the movie seriously. I loved Pegg and Frost. These guys are bloody amazing together on screen. I hope they keep making movies together. Not sure you can say Shawn of the Dead or Hot Fuzz was better than this one. They are all different and great in their own way. All I know is Pegg can make me laugh no matter what he plays on screen. It needs another watch for sure. The fight scenes where awesome. The love the Cornetto reference in the movie. 🙂 Overall a good laugh.
jimfromtoto on Aug 23, 2013
Favourite of the three! Frost was outstanding, especially once his character was drunk; Pegg was excellent as Gary - hilarious and profoundly touching as we learnt more about him. Paddy Considine was excellent (when isn't he?) and Martin Freeman was good too. But the real gem of this film for me was Eddie Marsan as Pete. I've followed his career since he was on "Game On" back in the 90's (Episode: "Heavy Bondage & Custard Creams" - full ep is on YouTube) and he's excellent when given the freedom to flourish. Simply hilarious! Edgar Wright's direction has certainly move along brilliantly. The first fight scene was terrifically put together; every scene is imbued with a gloriously consistent sense of style and humour and I really, really can't wait to see Ant-Man. The ending could perhaps have had a bit more time (particularly the very last scene) but despite that rather minor flaw, I loved this way more than Hot Fuzz and just a smidgen more than Shaun of the Dead. Great film, great trilogy - they simply HAVE to make another! (In the style of Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy "Increasingly Inaccurate Trilogy Of Six") -- ps Loved all the cameos too. I don't think I'll ever not scream out TYRES! when Michael Smiley appears on the screen!
urban.spaceman on Aug 24, 2013
I must say, I didn't expect it to take sucha a dark turn there at the end. I found it quite refreshing, and to be honest, I was even slightly worried for their collective wellbeing to see that the entire thing went so dismally bleak. Another thing I have to mention, I waited the WHOLE DAMN MOVIE to see that ice cream wrapper, and when it showed up, the entire theater erupted, more than they did at the midnight showing of the Avengers. It was the most amazing experience of my life.
Scott Haley on Aug 24, 2013
Carpola on Aug 24, 2013
To be honest, I was a bit disappointed. It started out good and then just kinda ok. Didn't care for the "dark" turn, this was a comedy right? I came out of the theater really liking it..and then the new wore off.
JP on Aug 25, 2013
WHAT WAS EVERYONES FAV SCENE/PART OF THE MOVIE? Mine was Andy drunk telling the plan then busting his hand through the door, I laughed so hard I missed a few lines of the next scene.
Sky on Aug 29, 2013
i loved worlds end! and as of now it tops the HF & SOTD.The movie had some suprising stuff ,and ofcourse the last convo with the robot was damn interesting and funny!
Rojage Geo on Sep 30, 2013
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