From the team that brought us Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz (both of which I loved), their latest effort comes in the form of The World’s End. By the way, that team being Edgar Wright (who directed as well as wrote it with Pegg), Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost.
The World’s End feels like it belongs next to the other 2 in both tone and style with the same quick-cut editing, groovy music backdrops, and dark-yet-comedic storyline with the underlying moral theme. Good stuff. Well written with some great “aha!” moments as the story starts with some old high school friends reuniting to tackle the “Golden Mile”. Their quest is to drink a pint in 12 different pubs along a mile stretch in their hometown. Trouble is, life has taken them in different directions save for Simon Pegg’s Gary King character who seems stuck in the 90’s.
They return to their old stomping grounds only to find some strange changes have taken place while they were living life elsewhere. And that’s as much as I’ll say about the story as it’s got some fun twists and turns I don’t want to ruin here.
The directing and style are done in a very familiar way if you’ve seen the other films in their roster. The way the cinematography is done is really entertaining as well, lots of fun moments throughout. The humor is a blast too, not overly goofy, but plentiful and effectively planted at the right times throughout the more dramatic parts.
The actors are spot on with an impressive lineup including: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Rosamund PIke, Pierce Brosnan, and Bill Nighy. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are both particularly good in their roles. What made this a bit more interesting is that the types of characters they play is a bit reversed from what we’ve seen in the other 2 films. Pegg is playing the screw-up while Frost is the successful straight man this time around.
Highly enjoyed this film! Go see it!
reviewed by Sean McKnight