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The World's End - Film Review

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Published August 28th 2013
It's Bar-Mageddon
Simon Pegg has been writing outstanding comedy films and television since 1995, the most famous of which are easily the films he co-wrote with Edgar Wright, those that he stars in with lifelong friend Nick Frost; Shaun of The Dead, a tongue in cheek response to zombie culture and Hot Fuzz, a buddy cop film with an unexpected "villain". In the tradition of these films, The World's End has arrived.

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Shaun of the Dead was the story of a young man desperate to get back together with his ex, and the convenient timing of the zombie apocalypse, allowing him to prove himself worthy of a second chance.

Hot Fuzz found the unlikely friendship of Nicholas and Danny; one wilful and one witless, tested in the face of the most trying adversity they've ever had to face, their community.

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The third instalment of what is affectionately referred to by writers as the 'Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy', The World's End is another back to back fighting film, two against the masses. A man wanting to live in the past gathers the old pack of brats and go on one last pub crawl, to complete the golden mile, one pint from each of the twelve pubs in their home town.

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What is an absolutely great bar crawl movie turns into a rollicking and awesome fight-for-your-life action/sci-fi flick ever so quickly and a man fighting to hold onto his freedom and his friendships suddenly finds himself fighting for survival and the survival of the human race.

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In line with the theme of the trilogy, Pegg and Wright are using a drastic situation to point out minutia in individual personalities and society as a whole that are flawed and misjudged.

Exceptionally intricate comedies are not obvious the first time around but I think it's made more obvious by this final chapter, the final sliding piece of the message these films are sending. Of course the standard symbols, metaphors and fun parts are here too, a cornetto, some fence jumping and a big old bar fight to start the list.

A really strong cast and a mixture of slapstick and subtlety drive this film and fans of the previous works are divided between loving or hating it. I love it but it's not my favourite of the three. I think it's definitely worth watching, and all three make a great movie night marathon mix. Absolutely worth my money, four stars.
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