First zombies, then a small-town conspiracy, and now intergalactic doppelgangers, Edgar Wright once again teams up with Simon Pegg and Nick Frost for a madcap action-adventure. And of course, a scene or two of pubs.
In their latest collaboration “The World’s End,” Wright directs the tale of five guys revisiting their hometown. While there, Gary (Pegg) leads the men on conquering the feat of twelve pints from twelve different pubs, an endeavor they failed to complete in there prime. But despite Gary’s persistence to conquer a decade’s old evening, his four friends have moved on. They’ve moved on and enjoy successes while Gary hasn’t changed at all. As they go from bar to bar, a once familiar community feels awkward and the people seem less familiar. As the ale flows, Gary and his mates uncover the town has been taken over by bizarre robot clones.
Pegg and Frost’s previous collaborations with Wright have led to two films that developed rabid cult status. First “Shaun of the Dead,” and then “Hot Fuzz,” “The World’s End” serves as a conclusion to a sequel called the Blood and Ice Cream or Cornetto trilogy. As a set, the films serve as great complements to the others. Taken one at a time, “The World’s End” is the strongest. Wright has grown a great deal and it shows in the film’s execution. The nuance and tone expertly balance violence and comedy.
Though is will unfortunately not be a major blockbuster, this is an above average comedy that is more complete than many of the other thin ideas that the multiplex offered this summer. It might not make the laughs unceasing, but those who enjoy this style of comedy will be chuckling throughout. 3.5 out of 5 stars
**A fun note: the names of all twelve pubs featured in the film correlate to moments surrounding it in the film. An Easter egg that further elevates the overall experience.
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