Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman,David Bradley, Michael Smiley, Samantha White, Rose Reynolds, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan, Rosamund Pike, Darren Boyd
Directed by: Edgar Wright
Run Time: 109 mins
Genre: Action/ Comedy/ Sci-Fi
4 out of 5 Frames
From the guys that brought films such as “Hot Fuzz” and “Shaun of the Dead”, opens “The World’s End” starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Paddy Considine. How does this film compare to the other Edgar Wright/ Simon Pegg/ Nick Frost collaborations? Read on to find out.
On June 22, 1990, 5 childhood friends had the night of their life as they attempted to conquer the “Golden Mile” of Newton Haven, a stretch of 12 pubs, with the end pub being The World’s End. As the night progressed, the more they drank, some of the weaker boys dropped off until 3 were left, only making it to 9 out of the 12 pubs. Ditching the last 3 pubs on their list, the boys headed to a nearby hillside to watch the sunrise, ushering in a new day. Fast- forward to present day, the aforementioned group of lads, their “ringleader” Gary “The King” King, is in a state of arrested development. We find Gary in a support group recounting the best night of his life, when he attempted to conquer the Golden Mile, having regrets surface for never completing his mission.
Now Gary is hell-bent on recreating this magical night, so he seeks out his childhood mates, now grown and living their own lives. Oliver Chamberlain (Martin Freeman) one of the first boys to drop out of the pub crawl is now working as a high dollar realtor. Steven Prince (Paddy Considine) is dating a 26 year-old fitness instructor, and Peter Page (Eddie Marsan) is working at his father’s Audi dealership. Gary’s best friend Andy Knightley (Nick Frost) is more challenging to convince to reunite with the others as he has taken quite a disdain to Gary and has been sober for the past 16 years.
Somehow all the men, under Gary’s convincing arguments, all reunite and return to their hometown of Newton Haven. Upon arriving, they notice that things are different from they remember, the people seem off, the pubs more cookie-cutter and the atmosphere more suspicious. Will the men be able to conquer the Golden Mile this time around or has too much time passed to make it worth their while? Or are there more sinister forces at play to stop the men from conquering old fears?
As with most Edgar Wright/ Simon Pegg/ Nick Frost collaborations, there is an expectation of a great deal of comedy mixed in with action and some type of element of horror. This formula works it’s magic once more as “The World’s End” is the perfect blend of cheeky humor, backhanded social commentary and sci-fi to make this a highly entertaining film that audiences will enjoy. Be sure to check out “The World’s End” when it opens in theaters nationwide starting Friday August 23, 2013.
Things to Watch For: Blue Bloods, Beer and Simon Pegg
Who Should See this Movie: Everyone