Rater of the Lost Art: The World’s End
Laura Mooney, Arts Editor
Drinking, evil robot aliens, hilarious Brits, and more drinking, what else could you wish for in a film? The comedic duo consisting of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) are back in yet another original buddy comedy with a twist in The World’s End. Without giving too much away, The World’s End essentially follows Gary King (Pegg), as he organizes the reunion of his high school friends to finish a quest to have a pint at all twelve pubs in their small hometown. Unfortunately, their mission goes awry when they run into some unexpected, otherworldly obstacles. Just like with their preceding films Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, the comedic geniuses of Pegg and Frost are always showcased best when they are working together, and, combined with director Edgar Wright, the result is always unique and crazy, but yet with a wonderful message about friendship.
While the bones of The World’s End may be the same as Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, the story could not be further from the others, with one of the main differences being the roles played by each actor. Pegg is known for playing his usual uptight, righteous characters, and Frost the slovenly slacker. This time the duo switches roles with Pegg playing a nearly psychotic, chain smoking, cocaine snorting, societal reject whose lot in life is to get drunk and be as offensive as possible, while Frost, on the other hand, plays the prim and proper pal of the group. This unexpected role switch is a refreshing addition to the type-casted characters that Pegg and Frost seem to have been fitted into, and add a nice element to the film.
The World’s End also features other great British talents like Martin Freeman, from Sherlock and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, and an excellent cameo from Pierce Brosnan. Their appearances are a welcome addition to the film, and their unique performances only add to its hilarity. Even though the remainder of the actors are not as well known as some of the bigger names in the film, the comedic timing and expertise of each of the actors unquestionably adds to the overall quality of the film, and will hopefully advance the careers of many of the secondary actors.
Overall, this unique tale of reunited friends who are caught up in a bad situation is the perfect comedy to watch with a group of friends and a couple of beers, or for anyone who has ever wished to relive their high school years just for one single night; minus the robots of course.