The curtains close on the epic trilogy of high-concept comedy genre-riffs that are the Blood & Ice Cream trilogy that director Edgar Wright and star Simon Pegg have been writing the past decade. The World's End, using mint Cornetto green as the idea to make a sci-fi, sees 5 old school friends thrown back together to do-over a pub crawl in their home town, despite the fact that everyone's more adult besides bandleader Gary King (Pegg), who is the manchild that is forever obnoxious and antagonistic. Ed from Shaun Of The Dead, but as the main character. Meanwhile, the town doesn't feel right, no one seems to remember these guys from back in the day, and it isn't because they didn't leave an impression. No, something far more sinister is happening.
To give anything away would be to damage the nature of the film, with Fuzz it was the fun of finding the plot behind the 'accidents' that was exciting, and Shaun had so much joy best left hidden until watching. Sadly there's little joy to be had with The World's End, from Pegg's horribly crafted antagonistic protagonist to token female Rosamund Pike, and rather hammy Eddie Marsan and Paddy Considine as two of the friends. Nick Frost gets the most of the performance in this film, although his character arc shifts suddenly towards the end in a way that will logically have you scratching your head, whereas the previous films really took the time to work out how, why, when things would happen. The World's End, in every way, feels like a rush job.
The plot is poorly handled and structured, the first 40 minutes are dull, when the genre elements come in it's a tonal nightmare and never finds the way to handle it all properly, none of the characters are remotely likable, there may be 2 jokes in the whole thing, one more a sound-effect cue from previous films than an actual joke, and, well, the action scenes after Scott Pilgrim are extremely unsatisfying. Spacially messy, aesthetically unappealing, and dull. Dull dull dull. Which is what the entire film is.
If you want to see a film where they handle an antagonistic friend forcing his old pals together for a second teenage-hood weekend, catch Hot Tub Time Machine, and if you want to see Sci-Fi comedy set in a pub, Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel is a painfully underrated gem, and both these films contain actual jokes, and beating hearts, two things that this one doesn't have whatsoever.
Closer in feeling to the falseness of Paul than any honesty that Hot Fuzz and Shaun had for the genres they examined and deconstructed, The World's End has the sci-fi tacked on, never structurally relevant or notably examining the genre staples. The World's End is an utter mess, and a joyless one. It's hard to believe that Edgar Wright made it, considering the visuals are sub-par at best. Few whip-pans, quick cuts or interesting beats. It's all so utterly mundane.
The World's End is so bad I wish I could down a dozen pints and forget it exists. It services not the fans nor anyone who likes comedy to any considerable degree, and ultimately will be looked at as the black sheep of the Cornetto trilogy, like The Godfather Part III.