"The World's End" is a fast paced alcohol fueled thrill ride that blends science fiction with the bonds of friendship. The final installment in the Cornetto trilogy from director Edgar Wright and actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, the film is a fitting end the franchise and it's exactly that: an end. The film begs an interesting question. If you could drop everything and return to your hometown, would you?
The story follows five friends who reunite after twenty years to complete a pub crawl in their hometown of Newton Haven. Gary King (Simon Pegg) is the confident leader of the group who gathers his old friends together for the journey. The most eager is Peter Page (Eddie Marsan), a loyal family man and car salesman who could use some excitement. Steven Prince (Paddy Considine) was King's bandmate and romantic rival who happily obliges. Oliver Chamberlain (Martin Freeman) is the energetic realtor who questions Gary's motives. The most skeptical is Andy Knightley (Nick Frost) who wants nothing to do with Gary and has clearly grown up and moved on from his teenage years. Oliver's sister Sam (Rosamund Pike) is the romantic interest but her character can hold her own without the cliches.
Of the three films, "The World's End" has brilliant dialogue, strong acting and plenty of laughs. The plot of the film is much in the same vein as "Shaun of the Dead" and Hot Fuzz," with the main character slowly realizing something is not right but continuing on their quest anyway. The cameo appearances are definitely worth seeing the film more than once, which is also a good idea to catch all the jokes and elaborate fight scenes. The foreshadowing of the action is nicely hidden and fans of the fence jumping gags won't be disappointed.
King is the character everyone will love to hate, but ultimately is the most honest. The film is by far the darkest of the trilogy, as a social commentary for getting old and yearning for the nostalgic days of youth. Frost nearly steals the film with his character's transformation. The robots, who aren't exactly robots which the film makes very clear early on, are pretty clever and the blue ink is one of the coolest special effects in the film.
The group sets off on the pub crawl as five individuals who used to be good friends, and by the end of the night they are a loyal bunch of friends who survived twelve pints. The film is like a drunk episode of Dr. Who and the only thing stopping the end of the world is a king, instead of the Doctor. There is no point in arguing about it.
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