In the 1990s five childhood friends attempted an epic pub crawl known as “The Golden Mile:” 12 pubs in one night. They never finished. Twenty year later, group leader Gary King (Simon Pegg), now an alcoholic, obsesses over their failure and wants to reunite and try again. His friends are now successful adults with full-time jobs and families: Andy (Nick Frost) is a lawyer, Steven (Paddy Considine) is an architect, Peter (Eddie Marsan) works as a partner at his father’s car dealership, and Oliver (Martin Freeman) is a realtor.
His friends are skeptical, but agree to the plan and they return to their hometown of Newton Haven to begin the quest, joined by Oliver’s sister Sam (Rosamund Pike), who has a history with Gary. But live back home is not what they expect: no one remembers them and people are acting strange. Can they make it to The World’s End?
The high anticipated third and final film in Edgar Wright’s “Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy” (with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) reunites Wright and stars Pegg and Frost. The film tackles the science fiction genre and reflecting on youthful ambitions / relationships. On the surface it may seem like a science fiction comedy, with plenty of action / violence, but it also tackles deeper issues in relevant ways.
While this is their third film collaboration, it still feels fresh. Pegg branches out and plays against type, allowing Frost to step up and shine in this film. Their friendship remains a strong theme of the film. They are surrounded by a strong cast, including actors from their previous films and from their TV show Spaced (also directed by Wright). Fans of Wright, Pegg, and Frost’s collaborations will not be disappointed in the casting choices.
A worthy addition to Wright’s trilogy “We're going to see this through to the bitter end. Or... lager end.”
The World’s End (2013) 109 minutes
Director: Edgar Wright
Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references