The World’s End
Director: Edgar Wright
Writer: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg
Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Rafe Spall, Eddie Marsan, Rosamund Pike, Pierce Brosnan, Bill Nighy, Michael Smiley, Steve Oram, Alice Lowe, David Bradley, Julia Deakin, Reece Shearsmith, Peter Serafinowicz, Mark Heap, Ben Whishaw (at least I’m pretty damn certain it was him)
Part of: The Cornetto Trilogy
[Here are my reviews of the other two movies in the trilogy.]
When they were still young and living in Newton Haven, Gary King (Simon Pegg) and his friends Andy (Nick Frost), Peter (Eddie Marsan), Ollie (Martin Freeman) and Steven (Paddy Considine) tried themselves at a pub crawl and came short. 20 years later, Gary is still obsessed with the idea of finishing and convinces the old gang to come. But things are a little weird in Newton Haven – weirder than in other small towns.
Man, I don’t even know where to start with this. The jokes and general sense of humor? The way there are constant insider jokes and callbacks to the other two film (like the fence gag and the cornetto itself)? The itty-bitty details (like that the numbers inside the pubs correspond to their position in the pub crawl; or that the pub names correspond with what happens inside the pubs)? That there’s yet another insane foreshadowing scene?
Or should I rather gush about the cast? From the insane cameos (I didn’t know about Pierce Brosnan and he really rocked this role; and it’s not confirmed, but I do think that the AA group leader was Ben Whishaw) to the trilogy regulars to the flawless main cast (Simon fucking Pegg. I knew he was lying about the thing with his mom, but I still teared up because dammit if he didn’t sell it more than most actors sell most things).
It’s generally just an incredibly well-made film. It looks great, it sounds great and every single thing fits together with every other thing. The plot moves along perfectly and it’s not a second too long.
Edgar Wright briskly puts you from situation and emotion to the next but he never misses a beat with the transitions. It’s wonderful.
Summarizing: awesomely perfectly fantastic.