“The World’s End” is a ridiculous pub crawl Sci-Fi Apocalypse

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in The World's End

Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in The World’s End

Rounding out the “Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy” is Edgar Wright’s The World’s End. Consisting of 2004’s Shaun of the Dead and 2007’s Hot Fuzz these three films starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost and a recurring cast, they wrap genre around a comedic drama. Although I haven’t seen the second in the trilogy, I have a hunch that it’s in the same vein of the other two. Edgar Wright is quickly making his mark on the pop scene with these movies along with one of my personal favorites, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and the upcoming Ant-Man Marvel movie. His spark of vision and quick pacing make for a fun and inventive visual experience.

The World’s End begins with a flashback of 1990 in England’s Newton Haven. Gary King (Simon Pegg) narrates his nostalgia of carelessness at the brink of adulthood by recounting his epic pub crawl with his four friends Andy (Nick Frost), Steven (Paddy Considine), Oliver (Martin Freeman) and Peter (Eddie Marsen). Despite their youthfulness, the group were unsuccessful in their 12 pub run before the sun rose. The flashback ends we see Gary in a support group circle and one of the others asked if was upset that he hadn’t completed the pub crawl. Gary gains an awakening to reenact the events from 20 years ago, and recruits his old friends to join him.

Even though Gary’s friends grew up from their teenage years, he hasn’t. Gary, or as he claims himself to be “The King,” is his same old juvenile self. Wearing his black trench-coat with matching pants and shirt, he smokes, swears and drinks himself to death. The others, especially Andy, are a lot more tame and mature. They have moved on and found success in their careers and families. They have more to their name through the past 20 years than Gary. This last infamous pub crawl is all that Gary has to achieve. So, it’s only practical to put massive obstacles in front of his way.

A fateful restroom visit makes Gary aware of why the town stayed the same throughout the years. Robotic replacements called “Blanks” have replaced the population of the small town. But this doesn’t stop the gang from gulping down pint by pint until they reach the apex of the last pub called The World’s End.

The humor is the definite stand-out in its run time, so much so it’s difficult to keep up with it. The script is tight with the hilarious with all the cast of characters and their wordplay with each other. It’s jam-packed with one-liners and quotables. By observing this group of friends you can tell their indifference to Gary, only putting up with his crap because they just have to. Nick Frost’s character stands out among the pack when he doesn’t put up with his shenanigans as the others do. As the narrative goes on the unraveling of the reason of why pub-crawl part deux was necessary in the first place.

I didn’t have a lot things to really complain about with The World’s End but I did have a few. There are striking similarities to this year’s other apocalyptic comedy This Is the End although this is heads and shoulders smarter than that one. Also the conceivable regular people in this movie break out in coherent Kung-Fu in a Scott Pilgrim vs. the World kind of way. It worked in that earlier work, but just confused me in this one.

My final verdict: if you want refreshing comedy, GO! It’s great fun, full of witty banter that bends genre with a simple message of reconnecting friendships.

Summer’s Best of List

1) Star Trek: Into Darkness

2) Pacific Rim

3) The Way Way Back

4) Fruitvale Station

5) Iron Man 3

6) Kick-Ass 2

7) Elysium

8) Man of Steel

9) Monsters University

10) The World’s End

11) The Wolverine

12) Now You See Me

13) After Earth

14) This Is The End

15) Only God Forgives

16) The Great Gatsby

17) World War Z

18) The Lone Ranger

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