The World’s End

the world's end

 

 

 

 

Plot

Perpetual man-child Gary King (Simon Pegg) orchestrates a reunion with his old school friends in an attempt to complete the legendary bar-crawl ‘The Golden Mile’ that they first attempted on their last day of school. Upon returning to their home town of Newton Haven they find that the residents have undergone a sinister change in their absence.

 

Review

With the Holy Trinity of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and director Edgar Wright getting their drinking faces on for the third instalment in what is lovingly referred to as the Cornetto or Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy. In Shaun of the Dead, the gang were faced with zombies, Hot Fuzz threw murderous cult members at them and now alien robots are on the agenda.  

 

Gary King is a man who cannot move forward in his life and his pre-occupation with the past, the pinnacle of which was the night of the bar crawl, means that his friends have moved on without him while he is absolutely hell-bent on completing the full 12-stop pub crawl.  As jokey as it, with the team’s winning combination of humour, action and bar brawls, there is also a lot of heart involved. As well as being a hilarious adventure it’s a on point look at that moment on one’s life where your home town no longer feels like home and where you find you no longer have the same connection with your childhood friends.

 

With the introduction and rounding up of the characters, who include trilogy regulars such as Paddy Considine and Martin Freeman as well as Eddie Marsan and Rosamund Pike, the introduction is slightly slow and the action really starts to kick off at around the fourth or fifth pub which breaks the ice and brings the gang fully together. Once the robotic townspeople begin their attack the expected bar room brawl, a staple of the trilogy, breaks out with Frost ‘Hulking out’ and becoming a bar-stool wielding juggernaut while Pegg fights to protect his pint from spilling.

 

Rosamund Pike is wonderful as Martin Freeman’s Sister and old flame of Gary’s when they were teenagers and their awkwardness progresses into some tender interactions with ‘we’ll always have the disableds’ as the crowning romantic moment and the perfect mix of poignancy and humour. The rest of the cast are all whimsical, madcap and more amusing as their drunkenness

 

There are many other cameos along the way and many well known faces for fans of the series and though there is a shift in tone from its predecessors it’s a wild ride and leaps and bounds better than its American ‘End of the world’ counterpart, the similarly named This is the End. Keep a look out for all the running gags from the series.

 

Verdict

A hilarious conclusion to the trilogy with fantastic sight gags, running jokes and drunken confessions. It more than matched up to its predecessors and will have you dying for a pint as soon as you leave the cinema

****

 

 

 

 

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