The third and final instalment in the richly comic “Three Flavours Cornetto” trilogy from director/co-writer Edgar Wright, co-writer/star Simon Pegg and co-star Nick Frost follows zombie spoof Shaun of the Dead (2004) and action-movie spoof Hot Fuzz (2007). These are hard acts to follow, although The World’s End deepens the post-modernist movie-nerd milieu with a surprisingly poignant hint at middle age, as Pegg, playing the kidult who never grew up, drags his old gang (Frost, Eddie Marsan, Martin Freeman and Paddy Considine) on a 12-hostelry pub crawl in their suburban home town for old times’ sake. It’s almost a shame when the sci-fi element takes over, but at no point do Wright and co misjudge the pressure on the action-comedy pedal. In-jokes, cameos, nods and winks are there for the taking, but at its heart, beyond the resourceful FX, the trilogy goes out not just with an apocalyptic bang but with a hand on its heart.
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