The World’s End (2013) – review

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Edgar Wright finishes his Cornetto Trilogy with a tale of five friends reuniting to take on the pub-crawl of all pub-crawls.

The World’s End had a lot to live up to, following in the footsteps of hit movies Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz to make up the Cornetto Trilogy (otherwise known as the Blood & Ice Cream trilogy). Luckily for us, it does.

Gary King (Simon Pegg) is a down-and-out alcoholic who hasn’t got over the fact that he and his school friends never managed to finish the pub crawl in their hometown twenty years earlier. King decides to round up the old gang to take on the challenge again. Unfortunately, the old gang have understandably matured, leaving King to look like the odd-one-out.

Starting at The First Post and ending at the titular The World’s End; the guys have to make it through twelve drinking establishments to succeed but,  four bars in, they realise all is not what it seems in the idyllic town of Newton Haven. A bathroom fight between King and a young hoodie leads to the realisation that the world is on the brink of invasion by alien robots.

As with the two previous films in the trilogy, Pegg and Nick Frost have some brilliant chemistry, yet this time they are joined by some fantastic co-stars in Paddy Considine (Dead Man’s Shoes), Martin Freeman (The Hobbit) and Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes) to make up the gang.

Edgar Wright once again shows that he is a director to look out for; one can’t wait for his Marvel instalment of Ant Man. The cast look like they had a great time filming and the viewer should have just as much fun watching, hoping they get to finish off their journey that started two decades prior. The World’s End will make you laugh and it may very well make you scared in parts, but most of all, if you are over thirty years of age and brought up in the UK, it will make you reminisce of times when you too where on the verge of adulthood – drinking with your friends, taking girls into disabled toilets and trying to conquer a near impossible bar crawl. There is also a brilliant soundtrack that features The Beautiful South, Primal Scream, The Soup Dragons, Happy Monday and many more.

Shame that this is the last of the Cornetto Trilogy, it’s been our pleasure.

4 / 5 stars     

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