The Cornetto Trilogy

WARNING: At the moment of writing this entry, the author was intoxicated.

Now that I’ve finally finished the Cornetto Trilogy I thought it would only be suitable to share my thoughts on it the way I watched it. Drunk. The Pegg/Frost/Wright –combination has been with us for a little less than ten years and I hope we haven’t seen the last of it despite the end of the trilogy. This post is supposed to discuss the factors that bind that great shit together.

Obviously, we shall begin with the cornettos. As the series was supposed to parodize the three colours trilogy by Kieslowski, we have one of each cornetto flavours occurring in all of the films: strawberry, original and mint. In the first two films, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, the ice cream is being eaten by the main characters when in the last film, The World’s End, only the packaging is displayed briefly as a trash blown by the wind. Considering the apocalyptic premise of the film, it is rather fitting. However, when the colour represents something in the first two films, like the blood and the colour of the police uniform, there is nothing green (that I can remember) in The World’s End. Nothing. Perhaps we are supposed to associate green with the alien robots of the film but the visual context is missing. Or possibly the colour is supposed to be linked to the matrixlike society of the “Network”. Who knows? Either way, the film failed on the colour representation.

The other reoccurring token of the film, my favourite, is alcohol. You may blame this on the British culture but we have the main characters drinking beer and showing signs of alcoholism in each of the films; The Winchester in Shaun of the Dead, the drunk-driving and after-work drinking in Hot Fuzz and the Golden Mile of the The World’s End. The final film obviously ended it on a high note with Gary’s alcohol problems and his obsession of finishing the Golden Mile (despite and because of equally grave issues). But is there criticism on the British nation’s drinking habits? Not really.

Then there’s the fence run. In all of the films there exists a scene with Pegg attempting to jump over a fence. Each time the attempt ends differently, with Pegg either succeeding or failing. Mostly failing.

Then there are the, what I call, 1-2-3 cuts. With this I mean having three, second-lasting cuts, which mostly occur when the protagonists are getting a pint or stocking up armory. Seeing that all of the films are actions films, the method doesn’t feel out of place and simultaneously connects the films together.

The last, and most important, is naturally the Pegg/Frost –bromance. Seeing what the pair had gone through during the trilogy, it was only suitable for the couple to beat the alien robots by being too stupid to be worth manipulating… after having first confronted each other first only a moment before. Despite having their disagreements and flaws, the characters always succeed to unite in the end. It provides one of the more serious aspects of the film, that of the importance of a solid friendship. As the films softens up some of the most emotionless of viewers, it is easy to see why the film has become popular.

While the Hot Fuzz still remains as the crown jewel, I believe the trilogy had the ending it deserved. It had the most important elements: friendship, alcohol, comedy and Pierce Brosnan. (The second James Bond to appear in the trilogy. Had Roger Moore appeared in Shaun of the Dead, I would’ve gone cuckoo.) For now we may have to settle for more subtle and less laborious projects between Pegg and Frost but as long as they’re buds off screen there’s the possibility of seeing them reunite as buds on screen.


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