The World’s End (2013)

World's End

Edgar Wright

Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Rosamund Pike, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan

Other notable appearances:
Pierce Brosnan, Bill Nighy

Running time:
109 minutes

Watch this if you liked:
Shaun of the Dead (2004), Hot Fuzz (2007), Paul (2011)


Since high school ended, Gary King (Pegg) has quite literally been living the high life. During a rehabilitation session, he is made to realise that not finishing the Golden Mile pub crawl before leaving his hometown has left him missing something. With this realisation in tow, he rounds up his estranged friends Andy Knightley (Frost), Steven Prince (Considine), Peter Page (Marsan) and Oliver “O-Man” Chamberlain (Freeman) to once again attempt reaching The World’s End Tavern, the last of 12 pubs on the Golden Mile. During the pub crawl, they realise their home town has been overrun by robot impostors of the town’s residents. It falls on the five drunk friends and Oliver’s sister Sam (Pike) to save their hometown and, potentially, the world.

The third and final instalment of the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy did not disappoint. While the trilogy’s namesake Cornetto appearance is blink-and-you’ll-miss-it, the laughs and great story are glaringly obvious.

One of the things I loved about this film was the usual roles of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost were reversed. With Pegg playing the dopey loser and Frost as the guy with his head screwed on straight, it reinforces Pegg and Frost as versatile comedic actors.

I’d only ever seen Rosamund Pike as a Bond girl, so seeing her excel in a comedic role was a pleasant surprise. I’d probably even go as far as to say that some of her scenes absolutely made the film.

If you’re after a serious movie then this film is definitely not for you. The wacky storyline about five guys whose pub crawl is interrupted by robot overlords is definitely not one for the strict realists in the audience.

So, if you’re interested in a [mostly] light-hearted comedy about the world’s end then look no further than The World’s End.

Rating: 4/5

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