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Review: 'The World's End'

August 23, 2013 6 a.m.

KPBS film critic Beth Accomando review the final chapter of the Cornetto Trilogy, "The World's End."

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ANCHOR INTRO: Cornetto is a brand of ice cream in England. The Cornetto Trilogy is a trio of films by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg. KPBS arts reporter Beth Accomando says it began with Shaun of the Dead, continued with Hot Fuzz, and comes to a conclusion with The World’s End opening this weekend in San Diego.

In the Cornetto Trilogy, writer-director Edgar Wright and writer-star Simon Pegg have cleverly served up a hilarious exploration of male perpetual adolescence.

EDGAR WRIGHT: Whether it’s Shaun in like Shaun of the Dead who needs to grow up, and in Hot Fuzz, Nicholas Angel almost needs to come down to help Danny Butterman grow and they find each other in the middle, and then this one, Simon’s character is almost like the hero and the villain of the piece, that he desperately wants to be 18 again and as soon as he turns that clock back all hell breaks loose.

It begins by trying to finish a pub crawl decades after a group of friends attempted it as teenagers.

CLIP Five guys, 12 pubs, 50 pints… 60 pints… oh steady on you alkie… I haven’t had a drink for 16 years, Gary… you must be thirsty then…

Pegg plays Gary, who can’t get past the fact that his best day happened when he was 18. Nick Frost plays Andy, a man who grew up and apart from his childhood friend.

CLIP you have a very selective memory, Gary… Thanks… You remember the Friday nights, I remember the Monday mornings… that’s why we’re going back on a Friday.

As the last film in the trilogy, it feels a little slapped together and lacks the comic precision of “Shaun of the Dead.” But even with its flaws, “The World’s End” serves up a wild plot, a boisterously engaging ensemble, and a sincere exploration of what friendship is. It’s also a joyously unexpected homage to Hong Kong action with some of the best fight scenes of the year.

Beth Accomando, KPBS News.