#85 The World’s End (2013) Dir. Edgar Wright
I really, really enjoyed this. Not quite my favourite of the three Cornetto Trilogy films (Shaun probably still holds that) but there’s a lot of wonderful character work here. It’s just as visually energetic as you’d expect with Wright’s style as prominent as ever. The camera whips and zips around, figures wipe us from one scene to another but there’s also a dirtiness and a grit to the film which feels different from Wright’s other movies, it also feels more personal and grounded. You can feel him maturing as a filmmaker and also the performances, Pegg’s especially, have shades of damage and hurt which is refreshing. The film only really falters once it’s silly sci-fi concept reaches it’s inevitable ridiculous peak in the film’s finale but everything that leads up to that point is so enjoyable and so well paced that you don’t feel like any real damage has been done. It’s a genre-celebration of simple pleasures with a water-tight screenplay to boot. One of the most entertaining films I’ve seen this year. The soundtrack is killer too.