The thing about Cornettos is that as soon as you’ve finished one you can’t help but crave for another.
The World’s End is the final film in what has become known as The Cornetto Trilogy - the previous two films are Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz.
The trilogy is by Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright - three of the people responsible for arguably one of the funniest sitcoms of all time, Spaced - (don’t forget Jessica Hynes).
It’s all frivolous fun and not to be taken in anyway seriously but Shaun of the Dead had a strawberry flavoured Cornetto in it to symbolise the blood and gore, Hot Fuzz boasted the original blue Cornetto as a nod to the police whilst The World’s End arms itself with a mint flavoured Cornetto to strengthen the film’s alien and sci-fi theme.
I have to admit, I cheered like an absolute geek when the Cornetto wrapper appeared on screen - now there’s a sentence I never believed I would ever write.
Still with me? Sorry. I can’t help it. I got a little side tracked there - I am a big fan of Pegg’s, Frost’s and Wright’s work - a nerd you could say.
Anyways, back to the movie.
The World’s End is perhaps the most enjoyable movie in the trilogy.
Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz were great movies but I think The World’s End captures the magic that made the late 1990s sitcom Spaced absolutely excellent.
There are film references galore - which of course, if you’re a movie fan are as welcome as manna from heaven.
A hedonistic Gary King (Pegg) sets out to track down his four oldest friends, 20 years after they failed to completed the ‘Golden Mile’ (an epic pub crawl in their home town of Newtown Haven).
Gary hasn’t changed at all in two decades and he longs for what he can’t have - to be back at school with his friends.
Friends Andy (Frost), Steven (Considine), Peter (Marsan) and Oliver (Freeman) all have jobs, families and homes but poor Gary lives alone in a bed sit.
After convincing his four pals to complete the ‘Golden Mile’ the five friends return to Newton Haven where after an exchange in a pub toilet it becomes apparent that the town has been taken over by alien robots. The only way the gang can remain undetected by the extraterrestrials is by soldiering on with their pub crawl.
Pegg and Frost have better on screen chemistry than some married couples but in The World’s End they step away from what made movies like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz a success.
In the previous two films, Pegg has played the sensible half of the duo whilst Frost followed/
In The World’s End, Frost’s Andy resents Gary King but the shift in roles works a treat.
Pegg is just amazing as Gary and one of the final scenes sees him try to fight of a horde of alien robots whilst trying to complete the pub crawl by gulping a pint of beer in between skirmished.
Frost is wonderful as Gary’s one time best friend, Andy but the star of the show for me was Eddie Marsan’s Peter.
Marsan is an actor I have admired for quite a while and if you watch him in Paddy Considine’s Tyrannosaur and then watch this film you’d be forgiven for thinking it wasn’t the same person.
Marsan is outrageously funny here.
There’s a great 90s soundtrack throughout, the action, the cameos (Rafe Spall, Pierce Brosnan and Steve Oram are but a few), the characters and don’t forget the Cornetto make The World’s End a big dollop of frivolous fun.
The World’s End is currently showing at the Brunswick Moviebowl; for listings visit www.brunswickmoviebowl.com or telephone 028 71 371 999.
Verdict: 4/5 - If you liked Spaced, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz you’ll probably love The World’s End. It’s got everything fans have come to love to about the collaborative pieces from Pegg, Frost and Wright. Movie references abound, there are plenty of laugh out loud moment and the action sequences are so much fun that, to quote Clark ‘Sparky’ Griswold “we’re all gonna have so much fun we’ll need plastic surgery to remove our goddamn smiles”.