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Tuesday, 26 November 2013

DVD Of The Week: The World's End (2013)


Inveterate drinker and habitual loser Gary King (Simon Pegg) cajoles his old school friends to return to their home town and attempt to complete the epic pub crawl they failed to finish a couple of decades earlier.

The goal is 12 pubs along the "Golden Mile" of Newton Haven in Hertfordshire - having a pint in each and wrapping things up at The World's End public house.

Gary's friends all have successful lives and careers and are less than enthusiastic, but his joie-de-vivre (and persistence) wins them round.

Unfortunately, soon after starting their celebratory pub crawl, the friends discover things are a bit off in Newton Haven - in fact it has become a staging ground for an alien invasion (well, more of a merger, really) by robotic duplicates (who aren't really robots).

The World's End is the final part of the Cornetto Trilogy by director Edgar Wright and featuring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost - and shares many similarities with its stable-mate, Shaun Of The Dead (robots instead of zombies though). There are also thematic elements of Hot Fuzz in here as well,  (people not being who appear to be).

The comedy - both verbal and physical - is top notch and, while the film runs for an hour and 50 minutes, the escalating weirdness never lets up. Even the climax - which is largely Pegg and Frost standing around, arguing with the invader's spokesman (Bill Nighy) - is hilarious, while the film's denouement takes the action off in a wonderfully unexpected direction.

There are some moments of powerful pathos along the way, that often fill in the backstory of the central characters, but these are quickly juxtaposed with equally clever comedy.

If you loved Shaun Of The Dead (and who didn't?) and enjoy Invasion Of The Body Snatchers-style sci-fi horror then you're going to get a great kick out of The World's End.

This is one of those movies that you'll find yourself largely grinning throughout and then unexpectedly bursting out into raucous laughter when the film hits one out of the park.

Also, rather pleasingly, The World's End is leagues better than Pegg and Frost's previous sci-fi outing, the limp alien tale Paul, which suggest that maybe Edgar Wright is the secret ingredient - a good omen for 2015's Ant-Man.

2 comments:

  1. Great review! I can never get enough Simon Pegg.
    I almost forgot that Edgar Wright is doing Ant-Man, great tie in.

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    1. Thanks for the kind words, David. I, too, am a massive fan of Simon Pegg and I thought he was outstanding in this movie

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