Gary King’s (Simon Pegg) life isn’t going as well as he’d hoped. He is a recovering drug addict, and that might be the best anyone can say about him. So in a fit of “I want my life back” enthusiasm, he sets out to collect the old gang of friends that had attempted ‘The Golden Mile’ a historical (in Gary’s head) pub crawl twenty years earlier. Apparently this will somehow enable him to make good on the lost two decades of his life.
Things don’t quite go as planned because the rest of his friends aren’t exactly gagging to return to the town they left a long time ago. But this movie doesn’t work if they don’t all go back so eventually Andy (Nick Frost), Steven (Paddy Considine), Oliver (Martin Freeman) and Peter (Eddie Marsan) go back to Newton Haven.
And almost immediately it is clear that something’s not quite right about their old hometown, and its inhabitants. Of course Gary is too busy trying to figure out whether he can get a quick roll in the hay with Sam (Rosamund Pike) a girl from their past who stayed back when most others chose to leave.
When things go from weird to ‘our lives are in danger’ Gary is still focused on finishing his quest. Does he succeed? I guess you’ll have to watch the film to find out.
As science fiction comedies go The World’s End is fun and even though the end is logical, it is also a bit over the top. Edgar Wright fans should be properly satisfied with this one though.
Final Analysis: If you expect Pegg-Wright-style laughs out of this movie you’ll be fine. For people who aren’t tuned into this kind of comedy, the film might prove to be a bit of a challenge.
My Advice: A definite must for fans of the ‘Three Flavours Cornetto’ films.