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Ferret vs. The Movies – The World’s End

(2013, Edgar Wright)

Cornettos are pretty delicious. Essentially a packaged ice cream cone, it typically comes in three flavours: Strawberry, Vanilla and Mint Choc Chip. They were also used for what was seemingly a throwaway gag in 2004’s zombie comedy Shaun Of The Dead, where the title character Shaun buys one in the midst of a zombie invasion, and fails to notice the zombies.

When they turned up again in 2007’s police action comedy Hot Fuzz, made by the same core team, it became obvious that Cornetto was actually a central aspect of these films. In fact, it turned out that the two films were actually part of a trilogy, called Blood And Ice Cream, all based around Cornetto flavours – Shaun was Strawberry (coloured red like blood) and Fuzz was Vanilla (coloured blue, the traditional colour associated with the police), with a third film based on the Mint still to come.

That film is The World’s End, which finally got released this year. Where Shaun was horror and Fuzz was action, The World’s End is science-fiction. The plot is this: in the early nineties, a group of teens left school and attempted a pub crawl through the whole town. They didn’t succeed in hitting the twelve pubs, but their “leader”, the cool kid Gary King, considers it to be the time of his life. Cut to the present day, and Gary (Simon Pegg) decides to get the gang back together to return to their hometown of Newton Haven and re-attempt the pub crawl, aiming to actually finish it this time.

However, upon returning to the town, something feels off. Initially, this seems like just a simple case of having been away for so long and their lives being so different to when they were in school, but things begin getting a little suspicious, and the gang begin to suspect that the people of the town may no longer be people…

I love the Blood And Ice Cream trilogy. Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz were very entertaining movies, and I’m actually sad that I won’t get to review them for SvTM, and a little baffled they’re not included in the 1001 Movies You Must See. I’ve been looking forward to The World’s End for a while, so I was expecting something very good.

The World’s End definitely feels like another entry in the Blood And Ice Cream trilogy. Aside from Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, every common element that Shaun and Fuzz shared is present and correct. Many minor roles are filled by cast members from the previous two, there are huge amounts of foreshadowing, repeated lines take on new forms later in the movie and subtle pop culture references are weaved into the script and cinematography at every opportunity. It also shares the same clever humour and quick-fire editing of the previous two movies, and is just as action-packed and exciting as ever.

But there’s a strong emotional centre to The World’s End that was evident in Shaun Of The Dead, but sorely missing from Hot Fuzz. In fact, I’d even go as far to suggest that this is the most emotional of the three, touching on strong themes of close friendship, nostalgia for youth and community cohesion, with some nods to mental health thrown in. And it’s all handled excellently.

Where I would say the film was at its weakest, however, is the actual sci-fi plot. On its own, it felt very derivative and bland, and it didn’t really gel too well with the pub crawl aspect of the plot. The ending also seemed to raise a few too many questions, and was a little disappointing as a result.

Also, as much as I love Edgar Wright’s foreshadowing techniques, there were times in The World’s End where it felt that the foreshadowing was too obvious, and I predicted a good portion of the plot ahead of time as a result. However, I’m not sure if this is because it was genuinely predictable or if it’s because my knowledge of Wright’s technique meant I was subconsciously searching for the foreshadowing. If it’s the latter, then this isn’t really a major criticism.

That said, this didn’t stop the movie from being a hugely entertaining movie. Overall, it was smart, funny and entertaining, and a welcome ending to the trilogy as a whole. It has a few minor flaws, but on the whole, I loved it.

Now excuse me while I check everyone I know for scars…

For more fun at the movies, check out the sister blog, Sven vs. The Movies, where I aim to watch all 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die.

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  1. November 19, 2013 at 6:44 pm

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