Jean-Paul’s Rating 5/5 stars
I generally reserve five stars for movies that I could see myself seeing again and again. “The World’s End” is such a movie. It is the third movie in the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy, the other two being “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz”. That the trilogy is named after an ice cream treat that figures pretty much not at all in each film should tell you a lot about what kind of comedy we’re talking about here.
All three movies are comedy gold, but “The World’s End” is by far the best. It is full of gags and giggles and guffaws and genuine laugh out loud moments. The overarching premise is familiar to anyone who has seen any of the three movies. People living life as normal only to find out that things are far from normal. “Shaun of the Dead” had zombies. “Hot Fuzz” had cultists. “The World’s End” has alien robots.
The most surprising aspect of the movie to me was how good the action was. It was both comedic and well choreographed. Lots of exploding heads and flying robot body parts used to maximum comedic effect.
The end of the movie gets a little weird. Given the general weirdness of the movie in general, that’s saying something. It was a little bit of a letdown, but not nearly enough to ruin the fun of an excellent movie.
I foresee Three Flavored Cornetto Trilogy viewing marathons in my future. Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright, and the gang know how to make quality comedies. I hope they’re not done.