So here it is…The World’s End is my favorite film of the year so far. The concluding film of The Cornetto Trilogy was superbly crafted by director Edgar Wright and star Simon Pegg, along with their wonderful supporting friends Nick Frost and company. I haven’t laughed this much in a movie theater in a long time (if ever).
Simply put, this is a comedy that puts “American” comedy to shame. In the U.S., we seem to be satisfied with supposedly our best comedians (Sandler, etc) making poor, lame films. Our version of comedy is people being stupid, telling dirty jokes, and acting like children. Of course, The World’s End does have its share of all three, but all three are only used to bring out the comedy, they are not relied on.
What is relied on is a brilliant script, wonderful charisma amongst everyone on screen, and some amazingly funny fight scenes that, while often being similar, always have a little something different to offer. Pegg, Frost, and Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan, and Paddy Considine can easily take the title of “5 Musketeers of Comedy.” And it isn’t limited to the dialog. A quick jump out a window, off a roof, or over a fence is just as funny, and you never know what is going to happen next.
Of course there are a few inside jokes, and a few references to sci-fi/action stereotypes, but these roll right along, and the film never feels like a parody, while at the same time allowing a few serious moments sink in just enough to supply some back-story and motivation behind some of the characters actions.
I’ve given this film a 10/10 and although I’d caution those seeing it that they have to be prepared for a a bit of cussing and some off-color jokes, it’s never enough to take away from the film, and you get the sense that, unlike folks like Sandler, they didn’t add them just to be dirty, but to flush out the plot. I’d encourage everyone to get out and see this film, its tremendous fun and it must have been just as much fun to make.