There’s never coming back home proves to be the case in “The World’s End,” as five friends re-unite to take care of some unfinished business.
The opening of the film provides a glimpse of the each member of the gang and their high school days. Through this showing, it becomes known what each member brings to their entourage with that night they attempted to drink at all 12 establishment before coming up short and going their different ways.
Time passes, relationships strained, but they re-unite to finish what they started.
The group is led by Gary King (Simon Pegg), the only one of the group who never really left home. His mentality is stuck in the past as he can’t move on with his life. His past is reminded in his persona, wardrobe and his relationship with friends and others.
Rounding up the group are Andy (Nick Frost), Oliver (Martin Freeman), Steven (Paddy Considine) and Peter Page (Eddie Marsan). They have moved on with their lives by getting jobs and having a family leaving Gary as the odd man out.
But even those that have moved on come to the realization that their lives are no better as they yearn for the freedom and the opportunity to live their life as Gary does.
The film doesn’t pick up until the gang descends upon hometown to achieve their drunken task that lies at the bottom of each mug at different watering holes.
This film can be classified as a bar movie in which a group of guys left to their own device reek havoc on their childhood homes that they desperately looked for a way out vowing to never return. With each drink, the possibilities of brawls and confrontations equal the intensity and yet silliness of violence and mayhem as they take on the townsfolk equals “Hot Fuzz” while the plot is reminiscent of “Shaun of the Dead” as they remember that the town they left behind isn’t what they once recalled.
Along with the alcohol laced energy of past youth, there are somber moments of deep reflection and suppressed memories arise. Despite the differences of culture, drunk talk is going to be nonsensical leading up to debates and possible romantic hookups.
Add into the mix Simon and Peter’s fondness for Oliver’s sister, Sam (Rosamund Pike). Another elements are the cameos in this film that plays well off the tone of drunken stupor and absurdity as friends are dragged back home so that one man can find closure with himself and begin a new.
Even though the film is about the gang and the reunification, the film focuses solely on Mr. Pegg and Mr. Frost who have been frequent collaborators of the prior two film mentioned. Their repertoire and familiarity with one another plays into each other strengths as English’s comedic duo no matter what roles they find they portray. It is befitting that the two should find themselves left standing when all is said and done.
Classification: In Theaters
Grade: 4 stars out of 5 stars.
A fitting finale to the trilogy that brought the English comedic duo of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost satisfies as they find themselves in unimaginable situations returning to the place where it all began.
Rating: R for pervasive language including sexual references.
Timing: 1 Hour, 49 Minutes
Genre: Science Fiction, Action, Drama, Fantasy
- Director & Writer: Edgar Wright
- Actor & Writer: Simon Pegg
- Actors: Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan and Rosamund Pike.