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The World's End - Film Review

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Published September 27th 2013
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost have teamed up in yet another of their sci-fi comedy mash ups with some hilarious results.

This time, the duo are backed up by three other familiar faces in British comedy, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, and Eddie Marsan.

The story follows four friends, who despite having drifted apart since graduating high school to descend into rather dull, middle-aged lives, are manipulated into trying to recreate the best night of their teenage lives by the fifth member of their old gang, Gary King (Simon Pegg).

Once the uber-cool leader of their group, Gary is now an unemployed alcoholic who has apparently refused to grow up and leave his teenage self behind him.

Heading back to their home town, a quaint English village, the five unenthusiastically embark on the town's famous 12 stop pub crawl, one they were unable to finish on that epic night 23 years ago.

They soon discover that the town and its inhabitants are not quite what they used to be, but despite uncovering an alien plot to take over the world, they continue on their quest to reach the final pub, The World's End, and hilarity ensues.

The film has a little more depth than you might be used tofrom seeing Pegg and Frost's other movies such as Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz, with themes of growing up, broken friendships and addiction surfacing throughout. Pegg isn't his usual lovable self either, playing the loser perhaps too well, which results in a slightly flat first half of the movie as the scene is set for an apocalypse.

Nevertheless, there is plenty of the slapstick comedy you would expect once the punches (and blue alien goop) start flying and the film quickly descends into hysterical chaos.

Cleverly, each of the pubs along the way to the explosive ending was named to foreshadow an event that occurs in that pub. See if you can riddle them out. And be sure to take note of the flavoured cornetto ice-cream, which features in all three of the Simon Pegg and Nick Frost movies directed by Edgar Wright, each with a different flavour in a nod to the central theme of each movie.

Despite their history, Frost and Pegg don't overshadow the rest of the cast in the film and there are surprising appearances from Bill Nighy and Pierce Brosnan.

I thought the ending was a bit of a let down, but won't spoil it - you can make up your own mind.
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