Directed by: Edgar Wright
There is an old anti-marijuana PSA that I once saw about two (formerly) young lads (late 20s, early 30s) sitting in the bedroom on one of their bedrooms talking about their pot smoking. One says that his folks told him that Pot was a gateway drug that would either lead to stronger drugs or trouble. He then continued to point out that never happened, in fact nothing like that had ever happened (mostly because he had essentially spent his whole life in his room getting stoned). That is sort of the feeling you get when you see Simon Peg’s character (Gary King) in this delightful Sci-Fi, action comedy. According to King, as young lads, he and his blokes were king and his court during their school days in Newton Haven in Northern England.
Where the anecdote about the PSA comes in is that in the 20 years that have passed since the fateful night the of the unsuccessful attempt by the five lads to complete Newton Haven’s legendary “Golden Mile” (a pint of beer for each of them in each of the town’s 12 pubs) while his mates have all moved on, Gary has so totally not. He is still driving the same car, listening to the same mixed tape, and dreaming of (finally) completing the fabled beer run. Now he finds himself in a 12-Step program realizing that this is something he “needs” to do. So he manages to convince his mates to reunite and make the run to its completion. While all are steadfastly opposed to it, Gary somehow manages to convince them all to return to Newton Haven and finish what they once started to reach the fabled pub at the end of the run — The World’s End.
Only, once they return home, and make the attempt to reconcile their past by making the run, they realize that something is dreadfully wrong with the town of Newton Haven and the present is so different from what they left behind. Soon they realize the real struggle is not so much to recapture their past, but to make amends for what went down before and to look towards the future, as they uncover a most heinous plot that will affect everyone on Earth.
Given that this flick is brought to us by the lads who gave us Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, but Paul as well, so you know that it is going to be hilariously over the top, and involve all sorts of goofy antics that will have you giggling like a schoolgirl throughout. Yes, it is silly, scatological, misogynistic, and so totally out there in its underlying premise that you’ll want to see it again and again to catch all of the lines that are tossed off which you missed because you were laughing at the previous line. Yep, this is yet another hit for Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.
Robert J. Sodaro has been reviewing films for some 30 years. During that time, his movie reviews and articles have appeared in numerous print publications, as well as on the web. Subscribe to receive regular articles and movie reviews.