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article imageReview: ‘The World's End’ is the perfect conclusion Special

By Sarah Gopaul     Aug 24, 2013 in Entertainment
‘The World’s End’ is a sci-fi comedy about five friends who reunite to complete an epic pub crawl in their hometown, only to unwittingly become mankind’s last hope for survival.
It's only fitting that the final chapter of the Cornetto trilogy should end with a story that centers on having a few pints at a few pubs. Once again, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost play the protagonists in a comedy directed by Edgar Wright, though their characters continue to vary enough to distinguish them from previous roles in the series. The World's End has an unexpected dual meaning that is more outlandish than anything the trio has done thus far.
The highlight of Gary King's (Pegg) 40-something years on Earth is an unsuccessful attempt at the Golden Mile -- a 12-pub pub crawl -- on the day of his and his four best friends high school graduation. Now he's gathering his best mates to try it again, but things have changed in ways they couldn't imagine.
Introducing each of the characters, Gary describes the boys he knew in high school: Peter (Eddie Marsan) was small and bullied; Oliver (Martin Freeman) was rich and had a pool; Steven (Paddy Considine) was the bassist and Gary's wingman; and Andy (Frost) was his absolute best friend. But they lost touch not too long after school, mostly stemming from a mystery incident between Gary and Andy. Everyone else grew up and moved on -- except Gary who still longs for the days in which he was king. Getting the band back together is his attempt to relive the glory days.
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It all sounds very pathetic and sad, but it's generally so absurd it really is funny. Gary is an alcoholic man-child that insists nothing has changed no matter how often he's confronted with the fact that it has quite drastically. His friends are married professionals with adult responsibilities; meanwhile Gary's obsession with the past has resulted in a general failing at life that’s left him unreliable and impulsive.
On the flip side is the peculiar town of Newton Haven, which actually is as they left it more than a decade ago. The most significant claim the town can make is it’s the location of the U.K.'s first roundabout, built in 1909. However, as they travel from pub to pub they begin to notice some other oddities. Finally, a confrontation in the men's room reveals a disturbing and hilarious conspiracy that informs their actions for the rest of the film.
In spite of the outrageous dangers they encounter, Gary insists they complete the Golden Mile -- to avoid suspicion. Visiting pubs such as The Two-Headed Dog, The Famous Cock and The Mermaid, they drink pint after pint, calling into question the reality of their situation. But all questions are answered by the narrative's end.
Created in the same vein as Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, fans of the trio's work will be happy to find their signature brand of comedy paired with a laugh aloud out-of-this-world story.
Director: Edgar Wright
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Martin Freeman
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