Messr’s Pegg, Wright and Frost are back in this, the final part of the Cornetto Trilogy. Whilst I absolutely loved Shaun of the Dead, I was less impressed with Hot Fuzz, which I think was down more to Edgar Wright’s direction then anything else. It was the overuse of the quick edited, doors shutting, seat-belt locking close shots got on my nerves very quickly. Those of you who agree will be pleased to know that those shots do exist, but the use of them has been stripped back.
Now I’m in no-way saying Wright is a bad director, I don’t think his ability is in any way in question and it’s great to see he’s back to his best in this part of the trilogy.
What makes this film laugh out loud funny though is the writing from both Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright and then the delivery of Pegg and his co-star Nick Frost who has the most varied role in the movie, running through a gamut of emotions and pulling it off with aplomb.
Frost starts out, well frosty, then angry, then kick ass angry, before finally reaching man-love status. He runs through all of these expertly and has you gripped at each point, I really hope we see more of Frost in movies now, I think he’s more than shown he’s a fantastic actor.
The story follows Gary King (played by Simon Pegg) who decides to re-unite the ‘gang’ of childhood friends to tackle the Golden Mile pub crawl some 20 years after they first attempted it as children.
The gang has all moved on except for King, who is even wearing the same outfit for the re-unite. Andrew Knightley (Nick Frost) has grown up and works in a swanky law firm office with a secretary, Oliver (Martin Freeman) is now selling expensive houses, Peter (Eddie Marsan) is selling top end Audi’s for his fathers firm and Steven Prince (Paddy Considine) is sleeping with a twenty-something fitness instructor.
Pegg goes round to each one to convince them to have one last crack at the epic pub crawl and somehow manages it.
When they all reach the town of Newton Haven they begin to reminisce until Pegg starts a fight with a youth in the toilets of one of the pubs and finds out all is not as it seems.
From here on in the movie just gets funnier and funnier as they decide to continue with their pub crawl on the premise that the ‘inhabitants’ of the town will know that they know what’s going on if they just leave. Or as Nick Frost’s character brilliantly puts it “Gary reckons we should carry on with the pub crawl and no-one’s got a better idea so fuck it”.
As the pub crawl continues the groups numbers dwindle as they get picked off, although they do gain as well as Oliver’s sister Sam arrives, played by Rosamund Pike.
The movie does have an emotional storyline running through it as well which could have been a little contrived or got lost in the action and comedy but it doesn’t and works very well, although it never goes too long before it’s pulled back to comedy.
The movie is brilliantly directed, superbly acted and genuinely funny. The final scene is maybe the only one that feels a little superfluous but that’s a minor quibble.
I do hope this isn’t the last time Pegg, Frost and Wright work together as British movies will be a duller place without them.