You might think The World's End is your run-of-the-mill "forty-somethings try to recapture the magic of their college years" movie. You'd be completely wrong.
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are back again, and their onscreen camaraderie is flawless in this film. Pegg plays the lead character, Gary, who is a drug-addled Sisters of Mercy t-shirt wearing waste of oxygen who has made nothing of his life. He gets the idea to gather his buddies together and go back to Newton Haven, the tiny town of their youth, to complete a legendary pub crawl - the Golden Mile - drinking 12 pints in one evening. The lads attempted this in 1990 and failed spectacularly. Gary, grasping for any accomplishment in his life, decides this is the one thing he wants to complete.
Along for the ride are Oliver (Martin Freeman), a real estate agent with a permanent bluetooth headset in his ear, Peter (Eddie Marsan), a car salesman working for his dad, Steven (Paddy Considine), a construction boss, ladies' man, and Gary's main rival from back in the day, and Andrew (Nick Frost), a sober lawyer who hasn't spoken to Gary in years.
This film is the third film in the Cornetto Trilogy, the first two films being Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. All three films are delightful, mainly because of the witty scripts and the interactions between Pegg and Frost. However The World's End is the most nuanced and most mature of the three films by far.
Along the pub crawl, there are homages to The Stepford Wives, Drunken Master, murderous robots, aliens and the end of the world to contend with before getting to the final pub, The World's End, for the final pint. The path the lads take is full of unexpected twists, delightful moments, and hilarious jokes.
Simon Pegg has said that there is no way to catch all of the complexity of The World's End in one sitting. I cannot wait for it to come out on Netflix as I plan to watch the Cornetto Trilogy soup-to-nuts all over again.
Oh, and the soundtrack is brilliant.