The World’s End:
More crude, silly, and entertaining gold by the Pegg and Frost duo!
By Nico Beland
Movie Review: A (3 ½ stars)
Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, and their comedic drinking crew surviving an alcoholic apocalypse in The World’s End
British comedy duo, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are a hilariously amusing team, bringing such comedies as the hit zombie comedy, Shaun of the Dead, and the hysterical buddy cop film, Hot Fuzz. Now Pegg and Frost are stuck in a drunken apocalypse in their latest comedy, The World’s End, and just like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, The World’s End is just as entertaining as it is hilarious, filled to the bone with wise cracking jokes, hilarious slapstick, and over the top special effects, and once again very good direction by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim VS The World).
Accompanying Pegg and Frost in this apocalyptic comedy are Martin Freeman (The Hobbit), Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes, Mission: Impossible III, Jack the Giant Slayer), Paddy Considine (The Bourne Ultimatum), and Rosamund Pike (An Education, Pride & Prejudice, Jack Reacher), along with an outrageous army of ink-filled robots, disguised as humans.
After twenty years of attempting an epic pub-crawl, five childhood friends are re-united when one of them becomes hellbent on giving their drinking marathon another go, where they travel to twelve different pubs and find their way to the big goal, known as The World’s End.
During their drinking frenzy, they notice strange activities occurring, everyone they know is now an ink-filled robot and they’re trying to annihilate the “Five Musketeers” and prevent them from making it to their goal. So the five friends must fight off the robots, make it to The World’s End, and finish what they started twenty years ago, or they will die trying.
Overall The World’s End is a very funny apocalyptic comedy, while the plot isn’t very original, the humor and creativity certainly is, much like the apocalyptic comedy that came out back in June, This is the End. The comedy is top notch, the characters, while selfish smartasses at times, are very likable and fun to watch, every battle with the robots will leave you in stitches, just a head’s up, and the visual effects are surprisingly pretty impressive.
While it drags a little at the beginning, once the apocalyptic elements and robots show up, the movie will grab your attention very quickly and keep you laughing and entertained all the way through. Definitely one of the best comedies of the summer, that’s for sure, alongside The Heat and This is the End, enjoy the end of the summer with The World’s End, and have a drink while you’re at it.