“We’re going to see this through to the bitter end. Or... lager end“
Let’s raise a glass to the final part of the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, a collection of British comedies that have redefined cinema.
The fun started back in 2004 with Shaun of the Dead, which featured a red strawberry Cornetto, representing the zombie infused blood and gore.
Then came 2007’s Hot Fuzz that had a blue original Cornetto – a nod to the police elements in the plot.
The World’s End which has a green mint choc-chip flavour Cornetto wrapper prominent in one scene – acknowledging the alien/sci-fi elements.
But does this much-loved trilogy go out with a bang or a whimper?
Meet Gary King (Simon Pegg), once cock of the walk in his sleepy home town of Newton Haven.
He’s haunted by his teenage failure to complete The Golden Mile, an infamous pub-crawl involving 12 boozers, finishing at The World’s End.
So he cajoles his former school pals back together – wimpy Peter (Eddie Marsan), sensible Oliver (Martin Freeman, known as ‘O-Man’ due to the satanic birthmark on his forehead), love rival Steven (Paddy Considine) and best mate Andrew (Nick Frost) – to tick that particular box.
But when the gang reach Newton Haven things get a little freaky…
You don’t need to know too much about the plot, just be assured that The World’s End is a rampantly funny road trip that delivers buddy movie banter galore.
But there is a real beating heart beneath the action, which sees the pals trying to make sense of their lives whilst fighting off alien robot clones who have come to change earth.
Director Edgar ‘Scott Pilgrim’ Wright knows how to tap the nostalgia vein and packs in some great one liners about life, some truths about growing up, plus a killer soundtrack that includes The Sisters of Mercy, Blur, Primal Scream and The Stone Roses.
Love interest comes in the shapely form of Oliver’s sexy sister Sam (Rosamund Pike), who both Gary and Steven fancy.
There is much to enjoy here including a wonderfully over the top school disco scene set in a nightclub pub.
You may spot Letchworth, Welwyn Garden City and Ashridge locations along the way.
The World’s End is a great ending to a classic trilogy, and although it might not be the best of the three it certainly doesn’t disappoint.
Watch the video report to see what star Nick Frost has to say about the movie.