3 of the Best vs 3 of the Worst is exactly what it sounds like – 3 of the best examples of either an actor, film series, genre, etc. versus 3 of the worst. It’s also an opportunity for you to have your say on my choices and whether you would have placed something ahead of my best or my worst. Today, after reviewing The World’s End, is the collaborations of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
This is slightly tenuous but I always like to link my 3 of the Best vs 3 of the Worst with something from the week or a post I’ve recently written. Looking at the collaborations of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, there is actually quite a mixed bag. It also comes to exactly six entries which is perfect. There are no truly awful films (or tv show) here but I thought it might spark some interest if I put them in my order. So let’s get to it…
3 of the Best
3 – Paul
Slightly random choice but I actually really liked this film. It was well written, well acted and had some genuinely funny moments. It was Pegg and Frost without their usual director in Edgar Wright and I think they demonstrate an ability to write and create a funny movie that appealed to a lot of geeks (like me).
2 – Spaced
The show that began it all. This two season series encompasses everything that makes Pegg and Frost (and Wright) so successful and funny when they work together. Its got clever writing, brilliantly framed and realised stories and is hilarious. It is Nick Frost’s first true acting job and he is brilliant, matched only by Pegg and Jessica Hynes. If you’ve never seen it (or even heard of it) find it and be amazed at such a great show.
1 – Shaun of the Dead
There could only be one really. This movie is so perfectly put together that it could be used as a template for all comedy/horror or even how to put together a film on a low(ish) budget. The jokes are smart and create a very funny movie with a story and characters you are genuinely invested in. It’s just a shame that Pegg and Frost never managed to equal the quality of their first attempt at the big screen.
3 of the Worst
3 – The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn
Ok, this stretches the credibility of this list slightly further and its only in one of the “worst” spots because there are six and it fits perfectly in the middle, alongside Paul. Pegg and Frost do a very good job at bringing to life the Thompson twins in the film, even if they are given very little to do and work with. It would have been nice if they could have conveyed some of that Pegg/Frost charm but I can clearly understand why that wasn’t possible.
2 – The World’s End
There was a lot I liked about this movie. It had great characters and I was very engaged in the beginning, before “The Blanks” became the main focus of the movie. It’s so far removed from Shaun of the Dead though and the intelligent, sharp, funny writing isn’t anywhere close to “Shaun…” Its a shame because as the movie started I had high hopes for the film.
1 – Hot Fuzz
I’ve never been a huge fan of this movie. I understand what they are trying to do and there are some very good jokes, playing on the action movie stereotypes and the absurdity of it all. It’s never as good as Shaun of the Dead though and when they set the bar so high, it was always going to be difficult to recreate that magic. Frost and Pegg are very good in the movie but as one of their collaborations, it falls way below their best work.
Overall, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have produced a mixed bag of movies and tv since Spaced. Its worth noticing that when they are at their best, the pair are fantastic and at their worst they produce something that is still enjoyable and watchable. Let me know if you disagree and how you would rate the movies…