Kyle J. Steenblik

The World’s End [Review]

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the-worlds-end_810The World’s End, just five guys out on the town, drinking a pint, having fun.  Fun is exactly what Edgar Wright delivers on this crawl to annihilation.  This is easily my favorite of Edgar Wright’s films to date specifically the Wright, Pegg, Frost films.  Dispensing with the similarities in tone and style to Hot Fuzz and Shawn of The Dead let us just say, yes there are similarities in tone and style and I am just fine with that, and if you aren’t, well you are obviously wrong and need significant amounts of help.  This film has absolutely everything going for it, except one.  It has been released into a world where too many people can’t keep from spoiling a good thing.  Allow me not to be one of them.

This movie is good, very good.  I give this film the full crawl, 12 pubs.

From here I will assume you have seen the movie, or have ignored my warnings.

The Worlds End revolves around Gary King (Simon Pegg) and his dream to complete the infamous Golden Mile.  A pub crawl, consisting of 12 pubs, he and his childhood friends failed to complete in their youth.  Gary’s friends Peter (Eddie Marsan), Oliver “O-Man” (Martin Freeman), Steven (Paddy Considine) and Andrew (Nick Frost) all reluctantly agree to join him, although none seem to know why.  Gary, having never actually grown up, or achieved any real happiness beyond the glory days of 1990 is unshaken by the homogenized pubs and the cold welcomes.  After three pubs Gary’s lies begin to catch up with him, and the night that would be infamously remembered thought history truly begins.

The-Worlds-End-Simon-Pegg-Nick-FrostSimon Pegg, plays a truly repugnant character that you simply can’t ignore, it’s hard to like him, but impossible not to love him.  He is so genuinely hopeless every parental instinct will tell you to take him home and give him a sandwich.  It is a brilliantly comic performance, but I don’t know if it would have been as brilliant had it not been counter-balanced by Nick Frost.  Frost, who is in his own right, every bit a scene-stealer as Pegg plays the now sober ex-best friend.

As I said before, this is now easily my favorite Edgar Wright film, one I will be re-watching for a long time.  Long live the king.

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