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by Richard Leathem (subscribe)
Freelance writer. Melbourne based cinephile. Fond of food.
Published August 5th 2013
The Cornetto trilogy comes to an end
Director: Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz)
Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan

Like fellow film franchises Mad Max and Alien, the third time turns out not to be the charm in the Cornetto trilogy. While the mixture of humour and horror/fantasy was inspired and original in Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, it feels like one too many trips to the well in The World's End.

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Lead actor and co-writer Simon Pegg


Part of the problem is the lead character. Although Simon Pegg continues to give us his schtick on the everyman slacker, this variation is so unlikeable and pathetic, he's not much fun to be around. The four guys he hung out with at school clearly feel the same way about him, so why they would choose to get back together for one final pub crawl with him is a real stretch of credibility.

Even in a fantastical story populated with "feux-bots", there needs to be an internal logic, so from the outset, the reunion at the film's centre feels false. That the "five musketeers" would resolve to continue their pub crawl even after being attacked by aliens, might have sounded looney in a funny way on paper, but in reality it just adds to the sense that the humour is being forced.

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Nick Frost, Eddie Marsan, Pegg, Paddy Considine and Martin Freeman as the five musketeers


There are quite a few clever one-liners spat out across the course of the film, but the situations become repetitive and the characters have no room to develop. This is disappointing since an impressive cast of dramatic heavyweights has been assembled here. Eddie Marsan and Paddy Considine may have welcomed the chance to play it for laughs for a change, but their talents are mostly wasted, as are those of Rosamund Pike.

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The five musketeers at the start of their pub crawl


There are some pointed messages about the "starbucking" of our consumerist society, but really, this is something we see in every interpretation of a zombie movie.

It's been a fun ride with Pegg, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright, but regrettably, we should've got off before reaching The World's End

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Why? From the makers of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz
Where: At cinemas everywhere
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