The long, black trench coat was a dead giveaway. The fact that Gary King(Simon Pegg) is still wearing the same coat he did when he was in high school is a clear sign that he's living in the past. Twenty years later he is rehashing his most favored high school conquest when a feeling of euphoria comes over him. And that's when he gets the idea.
"The World's End" follows Gary and his four friends(played by Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan and Paddy Considine) as they reunite for 'The Golden Mile.' When they graduated high school, the five attempted to drink a pint of beer at twelve different pubs. They didn't quite make it, but Gary clings to the memory. His friends are reluctant about giving 'the mile' another go, and have moved on in their lives, but Gary considers the night one of the best of his life.
Feeling slightly sorry for Gary, the four decide to accompany him to their hometown and revisit the challenge. They feel out of place at first, but can't decide whether that is because it's been twenty years since they've been home or if it's something else. They soon learn it's something else when Gary is attacked in the bathroom.
"The World's End" is the rare comedy that actually gets funnier as it goes on. And much like the other two films in the Cornetto trilogy, "Shaun of the Dead" and "Hot Fuzz", this one takes its action seriously. When Gary has his first run-in with a robot(or as the film refers to them, 'blank') in the bathroom, heads roll-literally. While Pegg’s Gary gets most of the laughs(he once again co-writes this latest collaboration with director Edgar Wright), the five friends all play a vital role in the film and serve to move the story along. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for Rosamund Pike’s character, as she feels like an afterthought tacked on to what is clearly a guys’ night out.
Fortunately, the viewer will be too busy laughing to sweat the small stuff. “The World’s End” proves that comedy can still be found in the mere written word. In an era where too many comedies rely on audacity, shock factor and blatant nudity for laughs, it’s refreshing to see a comedy that makes putting in the effort seem so effortless. Unlike the recent “We’re the Millers”, there is no doubt about this one. “The World’s End” is one of the funniest movies offered up on the big screen this year.