FILM REVIEW: The World’s End

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The last of the Cornetto trilogy: will it end the series on a high note or just fizzle out?

The World’s End stars Simon Pegg (Star Trek), Nick Frost (Attack The Block), Eddie Marsan (Jack the Giant Slayer), Martin Freeman (The Hobbit), Paddy Considine (The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher – TV) and Rosamund Pike (Jack Reacher). Read on to find out what we thought:

 

 

 

20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell-bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.

Trying to capture the heyday of his youth, Gary King (Simon Pegg), decides to re-unite his four childhood friends to conquer a feat that beat them in the past: The Golden Mile – an epic pub crawl of 12 pints in 12 pubs ending with The Worlds End of the title. At first, the friends grudgingly go along, all the while realising that whilst they have all grown up, Gary most certainly hasn’t and is as annoying as ever.

The disturbing discovery that all is not quite right with their old home town means that Gary and his friends will have to put their differences behind them and work together. Will they survive to make it home, or even more importantly will Gary make it all the way to The World’s End?

This was a brilliant film, as the plot was different and takes time to build up. You get an inkling that something isn’t quite right and when the actual reason is revealed, it’s certainly something a little different from what you’d expect. The acting by everyone is superb and the comic elements are, as you would expect, very well-timed and excellent. There were lots of times when everyone in the cinema was roaring with laughter or simultaneously clapping. We haven’t laughed out load in the cinema so much in ages.

I would also like to give a proper mention to the music used, which included 90s classics such as:

  • “There’s No Other Way” – Blur
  • “So Young” – Suede
  • “Do You Remember the First Time” – Pulp
  • “Fools Gold” – The Stone Roses
  • “Step Back in Time” – Kylie Minogue
  • “Here’s Where The Story Ends” – The Sundays

As a couple whose teenage years were in the 90s, this made the film feel even more special – some real classics from our past are in this. As the final piece in the Cornetto trilogy, The World’s End certainly goes out with a big and enjoyable minty bang.

The story of a pub crawl gone wrong could in some hands become a tired and boring story. But in Edgar Wright’s hands it is full of comedy and laugh out loud moments all the way through – due in no small way to the performances of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Co.

Head to the cinema and see The World’s End – honestly you won’t be disappointed and you’ll enjoy a really good night out. Don’t forget your ice cream though; mint appears to be the way to go! Check out the trailer below:

 

 

Rating: 5/5 – We don’t give these out often for films but this truly deserves this rating
Reviwers: Darkphoenix1701 & JMS1701

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