Cinema review: The World’s End

J-P Wooding reviews The World's End
J-P Wooding reviews The World's End

Simon Pegg’s Gary King reunites his old school buddies to return to their home town (Newton Haven) in order to complete a “golden mile” of 12 pubs, which they failed to do when younger.

However, on returning to their old stomping ground they find that more has changed then just their attitudes to life.

The opening is slower than the rest of the film, but with good reason; the introduction to the leader of the pack is an interesting start and mirrored towards the end of the film and is followed by a roll-call of sorts of the pub-crawl pals as they were both in their school days and as they are now.

When the group of five are finally combined once more and the 12-pub, 12-pint per person (that’s 60 pints) quest begins, the story gathers momentum and doesn’t drop its well-judged pace until the end.

Having the five main characters bounce off each other doesn’t allow boredom to rear its head as it may have done with fewer leads as, while the story is OK, it isn’t as good as Hot Fuzz.

The dynamic duo of Pegg and Nick Frost deliver their gags as you expect them to do.

The inclusion of Martin Freeman is welcome as he expresses his typical comedic style well.

The other members of the crew, in the shapes of Eddie Marsan and Paddy Considine, are inspired and their roles add perfectly to the wonderful mix of well balanced ingredients.

Like its predecessors, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, The World’s End is a tale of regrets over choices made in life and the feeling there may be unfinished business.

It has sentimental moments and laugh-out-loud (as many in the cinema did) occasions, most of the time these are delivered as a one-two, not giving either a chance to overstay their welcome.

Towards the end, as the film dangerously approaches critical mass and could become over-glossy, the weapon of the Cornetto trilogy helmed by Edgar Wright is deployed again; a drop of an everyday normality is given.

By using simple lines that we all use, the whole absurdity of the situation, whether it be fighting zombies in a pub, uncovering a cult in a sleepy village community or the realisation that the town of Newton Haven is actually... erm... is quashed in a split-second of mirth.

The World’s End is a fantastic end to the Cornetto trilogy and I dare say a film that will be watched many times over.