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The World’s End

Movie Rating: This entry has a rating of 4.5

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!

  1. August 27th, 2013 at 15:37 | #1

    Patrick and I opted to see this instead of The Butler last weekend, but I think we will be seeing The Butler this weekend then I’ll read your review of it! :)

    I really enjoyed this, and agree with you on a lot of points, especially that there were flimsy moments, but overall, very funny and heart-warming at times.

    With regards to the other films, I think Hot Fuzz is the crowning jewel. I love every moment of that film. It never fails to make me laugh.

  2. Jennifer
    August 27th, 2013 at 15:41 | #2

    @Janey

    Shaun of the Dead was always my favourite, and I’ve seen it countless times, whereas I’ve only seen Hot Fuzz 3 or 4 times. I’ll revisit both of them soon, I think – all three are brilliant!

  3. Jon M.
    August 27th, 2013 at 15:54 | #3

    Agree almost entirely with your review. It definitely has many more similarities to Shaun (which is essentially a drama wrapped in the guise of a genre spoof) than Hot Fuzz (which is much more of a direct genre spoof), but manages to hit on more grand themes than Shaun in the end. While not as focused or precise, it still manages to be funnier than the other two.

    Also, Pegg is simply fantastic in a part that is a bit of a departure from his previous roles. Rosamund Pike, too, deserves attention for her excellent comedic timing out of an essentially small part.

  4. Steve
    September 21st, 2013 at 22:22 | #4

    I thought it was a great movie. I don’t know, if, initially I like it more than Shaun of the Dead, which I think was a step above Hot Fuzz. I’ll have to watch it again to know for sure.

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