The World’s End
The World’s End, 2013, UK
Years ago, five best friends, Gary (Simon Pegg), Andy, (Nick Frost), Peter (Eddie Marsan), Oliver (Martin Freeman), and Steven (Paddy Considine) attempted the Golden Mile – a pub crawl that consists of 12 pubs in their hometown Newton Haven. They failed to complete the crawl but the night was the best of Gary’s life. Now, all of them have grown up – except Gary, who is stunted, an alcoholic, and obsessed with completing the Golden Mile. He convinces his old friends, all of whom are estranged from him, to join him on the epic pub crawl. Along the way, they bicker, reminisce, and realize that something is not quite right with Newton Haven…
Fans of Edgar Wright’s prior films in the “blood and ice cream trilogy”, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz will love The World’s End. It’s outrageously funny and plays with science fiction conventions beautifully. The logic of the film is occasionally flimsy, but it works beautifully. As the characters become more inebriated, the film becomes more outrageous and entertaining. Like the previous films in the trilogy, I feel as if I need to see it a few more times in order to catch all of the references and jokes. Because of this, I don’t feel like I can rate its place in the trilogy as a whole, but I can say that The World’s End is the best film of the year so far.
So many of the big blockbuster films have been disappointing or not worth seeing, period, but I assure you that The World’s End is very much worth seeing in theatres, and I’d love to see it again in theatres. I had tears rolling down my face from laughing so hard on many occasions throughout the film and I imagine I wasn’t the only one.
All five characters had their moments of brilliance, but Pegg truly shined as Gary. He was fascinating to watch on screen and his character was a commentary on mis-spent youth, the dangers of living in the past and being “eternally young”. There comes a time when trying to re-live your “glory days” of youth goes from fun to pathetic and embarrassing. Gary is an anti-hero, but he’s an anti-hero you pity. Comedic performances like this one are almost never acknowledged at awards shows but I’d say that Pegg deserves an Oscar nomination for the role. It won’t happen, unfortunately.
Go and see The World’s End. See it more than once!