Film review: The World's End - what the critics made of Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright's latest offering
Sci-fi comedy follows up Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz
Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg have returned to finish what they started with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, rounding off the so-called "Cornetto trilogy" with new release The World's End.
The film brings together an impressive and familiar cast of Pegg and his old friend Nick Frost, along with Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, and Eddie Marsan.
They play out the story of five childhood mates, reunited in middle age to complete a 12-bar pub crawl in their provincial home town. As is traditional in Wright/Pegg collaborations, things get wacky and violent, in what the Hollywood Reporter calls a "clever and hilarious sci-fi send-up," despite its "somewhat stretched 109-minute running time."
The Telegraph liked the release, which it found "by turns trashy, poignant and gut-bustingly funny, and often all three at once."
Meanwhile The Guardian gave four stars to the "satirical sci-fi comedy that chips away at modern Britain and raises a pint to an old English brand of messy eccentricity." Noting the aptness of the Cornetto tag - applied by the trilogy's makers because the popular pyramidical treat appears in all three films - its critic says the pair have "slowed down a bit, grown up a lot. And saved the richest bite until last."
But Digital Spy decries that "the characters are cardboard and the twisted dynamics between them don't came into play until the end is very nigh. A midlife crisis thread ties it all together, very loosely."
Time Out, for its part, give the film credit for combining "the best aspects of the first two movies – the goofy humour, the knockabout violence, the witty observations on English life – and adds a hefty dollop of sci-fi action and an unexpectedly charming, thoughtful air of bittersweet nostalgia."
The World's End opens in cinemas on July 19. See the trailer here:
Final Top Gear reviewTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 BBC told new political editor must be 'impartial' with Nick Robinson reportedly stepping down
- 2 Number of young homeless people in Britain is 'more than three times the official figures'
- 3 Humans of New York image of crying gay teen receives best response yet from Ellen DeGeneres
- 4 The map showing the most dangerous tourist destinations in Europe, according to the Foreign Office
- 5 Swedish minister gives strongest case yet on why EU should stop turning away asylum seekers
More Britons believe that multiculturalism makes the country worse - not better, says poll
Nathan Collier: Montana man inspired by same-sex marriage ruling requests right to wed two wives
Greece crisis: IMF was pushed around by Angela Merkel and Nicholas Sarkozy – and now it is being humiliated
Forget little green men – aliens will look like humans, says Cambridge University evolution expert
Girl, 7, stares down hate preacher at Ohio festival with pro-LGBT rainbow flag gesture
Osborne to cap family benefits at £23,000 – announced ahead of his post-election Budget