That Thing You Like #24 – The World’s End

The World's End

Like a refreshing pint of amber ale, That Thing You Like is here to provide some tasty analysis of the final act of The Cornetto Trilogy, The World’s End. Is it funny? Definitely. Is it the hilarious, warm celebration of friendship and cinema that the first two movies are? LISTEN AND FIND OUT.

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Except that, as The World’s End shows us, a pint with friends isn’t always just about a pint with friends. The film is altogether heavier than its predecessors, and pointedly addresses both the ever-present “man-child” trope, as well as the unfortunately poisonous nature of some friendships in general.

Remember when we did that other episode about the films of Edgar Wright? The World’s End is a brilliant companion piece to those films. Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz may be hilarious comedies, but at their core, both are about the true power of friendship, and how important it is to personal development. Without spoiling anything here, it seems like Wright and Pegg had something a little different to say about friendship and personal growth this time around.

But! We loved it! Yay! A movie that we liked! I already can’t wait to see it again and get even MORE out of the experience. Maybe in around five years, the world will have unpacked the deeper references and themes of the film the way they have Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. But, at first blush? We’re calling it the movie of the year.


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  1. I agree with you guys on this one, I didn’t love it immediately as much at Shaun or Hot Fuzz, but definitely appreciate it for what it is. My big problem with The World’s End is Rosamund Pike’s character. She enters the film as an object of lust for two of the male characters, only to be shuffled aside for her own “safety”. She then conveniently gets lost while driving in a roundabout (which, let’s face it, is just a road with a curve in it) and accidentally saves the day. I really miss having Jessia Hynes (née Stevenson) around; the female characters in Wright-Pegg productions just haven’t been the same since.

    • Hey Michael. We kind of agree; not having a real female voice in the movie was a bit problematic. Rosamund Pike should have had more to do! Jessica Hynes is on a whole other level talent / creativity wise though – not someone it’d be easy to replace at the best of times. Thanks for the comment!

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