Wednesday, August 28, 2013
by: Ryan Grudinski
The last installment of Edgar Wright's "Cornetto Trilogy" is here and it's... good. It's actually VERY good. The problem here is that the bar was simply set way too high. Lightning striking twice is rare enough, with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz essentially being flawless it's really hard to replicate that a third time. It's like The Godfather trilogy of British homage comedies featuring ice cream. Though I will say The World's End is better than Godfather III. This film sees some of the trends from the first two films flipped on their sides, namely Simon Pegg and Nick Frost's roles. This is the first of the trilogy where Pegg is the irresponsible, outlandishly brash, pain in the ass, and Frost is the straight and narrow responsible one. This dynamic kind of throws you for a bit of a loop at first, but ultimately it works. The film is very good, but just not as great as the first two, and it's a shame it's going to be forever compared to them, because it's really a good comedy that pays homage to sci-fi body snatchers type films, it is just missing that little "oomph" to call it a great masterpiece like the first two cornettos. I was a fan of the fight scenes, and any other wrestling fans should probably get a rise out of them as well (I suspect Edgar Wright is glued to Monday night RAW each week as well, or at least his choreographer.) The comedy in the film is what I consider to be the "good" type of comedy. The type that is actually funny, that will stand the test of time. Not gross out humor, or shock humor that drastically loses its edge and comedic value upon repeat viewings. This film is definitely recommended, just don't set the bar too high like I did, lightning has not, in fact, struck three times. Keep in mind, in this case, the lightning I am referring to is what we call "movie perfection."
Technical: The fight scenes were really well done, and as a wrestling fan, I really appreciated the choreography.
X-Factors: Good well written humor that will stand the test of time.
Will This Movie end up in my collection? Yes.