The World's End
Directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz)
Written by Edgar Wright, and Simon Pegg (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz)
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, and Eddie Marsan
The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy also known as the Blood and Ice Cream trilogy comes from the team of Edgar Wright (director/writer) and Simon Pegg (writer/star), with Pegg teaming up with Nick Frost on screen in every film. The series gets its name from the Cornetto ice cream flavors and even every film pays homage to the different colors with a carefully placed wrapper in each film that is part of the series. Shaun of the Dead pays homage to the read flavor to go along with the horror genre. Hot Fuzz pays tribute to the original flavor which was blue, thus representing the cop theme. The World's End uses the green mint flavor to pay homage to alien/science fiction films. Together these three films are some of the funniest spoofs on the genre films with which people have come to love.
As stated above 'End' takes on the science fiction genre tackling the concept of an Earthly invasion, but in reality the film centers around a group of five's nostalgic trip back home to try and accomplish a drinking feat they failed as young adults. Gary King (Pegg) was the ring leader of this group who attempted to tackle the Golden Mile with 12 different bars, and a pint for each bar, sounds easy, but distractions prevented King and his comrades Oliver (Freeman), Steven (Considine), Peter (Marsan), and Andy (Frost) from achieving their goal. Gary has not moved on from his booze filled, drug ridden world, but his friends have 20 years later. Gary works to get the gang back together again, and achieve the goal they were never able to accomplish.
Edgar Wright may be one of my favorite director's working; he has created a science which has brought about the success of the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy. Wright's direction always brings about the best in ensemble, touching on the humor, and the intricacies of the action, like the fight sequences within this film. Wright and Pegg have a great rapport and have created one of the funniest series ever which have brought about some of the funniest moments in film, but also take a sharp look at the genre films, and a not formulaic, but not so formulaic way. At the moment Wright is attached to the next Avenger series film Ant-Man, and he and Pegg would be the perfect duo to tackle this off beat egotistical super hero.
While Wright and Pegg get most of the credit, deservedly so, this ensemble elevated the material to incredibly humorous levels. Nick Frost is beyond under rated and within every film of the series he grows more and more creating some of the funniest characters, and this adventure is no different. Martin Freeman and Paddy Considine who were part of Hot Fuzz also are truly hilarious within this film. This is a great ensemble, and an excellent film to make you belly laugh, and put you in a good mood.