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The World’s End

May 7, 2014

The World’s End (2013)
Director: Edgar Wright
Actors: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine

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Synopsis: Five estranged school friends, all knocking 40 years old, are re-united by maverick leader Gary King (Simon Pegg) in a mission to complete their mythical, unfinished hometown pub crawl from some 20 years before….

Review: I’ve bypassed the Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg ‘Cornetto Trilogy’ thus far, and, if I’m to be truthfully honest, perhaps I’ve always viewed it with a touch of cynicism, as Pegg’s mainstream genre larks seem to have met uncommonly universal critical and public adulation alike: surely everyone can’t be right?!

Well, I may have came to scoff, but by the end of The World’s End I wound up a certified Wright/Pegg fan. It is quite simply a brilliantly inventive work, and easily one of the funniest films I’ve seen in years.

What’s particularly admirable is Wright/Pegg’s great logistical planning as storytellers,  as barely a second goes by without some ingenious nugget of dialogue, visual reference or physical comedy – Pegg trying to sink his pints amid the massive dust-ups is hilarious. Also, on a personal level, having spent most of my adolescence in a Home Counties New Town (in my case, Bracknell), I appreciated Pegg’s witty riff on bringing an epic, apocalyptic genre pastiche to his fictional, dowdy new town of Newton Haven, while offering a commentary on the numbing homogeneity of middle England living. (May 2014)

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