The World’s End ****

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Run Time: 109mins Cert: 15

 

Synopsis: Gary King (Simon Pegg), decides to track down his estranged friends and complete the Golden Mile, an infamous pub crawl encompassing 12 pubs in their hometown of Newton Haven. The group attempted the crawl as teenagers, but failed to reach the final pub, the World’s End..

 

Director Edgar Wright and co return to finish the last part of their “Cornetto” trilogy. After the rom zom com of Shaun of the Dead and comedy action thriller Hot Fuzz, Frost Pegg and Wright have gone for an apocalyptic sci fi comedy for the finale, with a satirical razor sharp wit that audiences have come to expect from the Spaced team.

 

The story focuses on the theme of growing up, while showing Britain as a dull place full of franchise chain pubs and superimposed high streets. Not to mention the usual mix of barroom brawls, movie references and a funky musical soundtrack. However the tone of the piece seems disjointed as the first half is solely a comedy, while the second part is more drama and action driven.

 

Usually it would be Frost that plays the annoying joker of the pack, but in a refreshing take Pegg is now this archetypal character and dials it up to 11. In doing this Frost shows his acting skills by the straight man for once. While the rest of the cast including Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine and Eddie Marsan are equally as good supporting the two leads. Unfortunately
Rosamund Pike’s Sam is memorable, but underused. This may be to do with the fact that it is a boys to men story.

 

Wright brings his trademark flashy direction and jump cut editing that have graced the other two parts. After tackling the fantastic, but under performing Scott Pilgrim, many would have expected the director to pick a small project to follow up on. If anything this seems bigger especially in effects, but probably cost half of what it took to make the comic book adaptation.

 

Not the best of the trilogy, but The World’s End has enough laughs, surprise cameos and clever twists to make this a successful finale. Hopefully the team will decide to make more flavours.

Reviewed by Paul Logan

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