MTV Review: The World's End
Pegg, Frost and Wright reunite for the pub crawl from hell...
UK Release Date: 19 July 2013
Running Time: 109 mins
Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Marsan, Paddy Considine
Director: Edgar Wright
Plot: Twenty years ago, a group of teenage friends celebrate leaving school by attempting 'The Golden Mile', an epic pub crawl covering twelve boozers in their hometown.
They never completed the crawl and went on to go their separate ways, but now their former leader, Gary King (Pegg), has suddenly reappeared to persuade them they should have another attempt at it.
While the others in the gang have gone on to start families and businesses, Gary seems stuck in the past, a 40 year-old teenager incapable of dealing with adult life.
Despite their reservations, Gary manage to cajole them into the attempt by explaining his mother has recently died, and the "five musketeers" - Andy (Nick Frost), Oliver (Martin Freeman), Peter (Eddie Marsan), Steven (Paddy Considine) and Gary - return to Newton Haven to somewhat reluctantly reattempt the crawl.
Once there however they begin to realise that while they might not have changed the town has, with the former population replaced, Invasion Of The Body Snatchers style, by robotic drones.
Cue plenty of fights, chases and snappy banter as the gang battle to save the world, and, perhaps more importantly, finally complete their pub crawl.
Best Scene: When, even after discovering the horror around them, the Musketeers elect to stay in the pub and drunkenly argue about the best name to call the robots, rather than run away.
Best One Liner: Gary, while trying to seek the idea of trying the pub crawl again, "And this time we'll see it through to the bitter end. Or lager end."
Date Movie or Mate Movie?: This is very much a movie about the importance of mates, but any man on a date is likely to look like a right catch compared to the emotionally immature Gary so it would work well for both.
WTF Moment: When Gary first gets into a fight in the pub toilets and knocks the head off with what turns out to be a robotic clone - and the film makes a sudden switch from matey romp to sci-fi thriller (but still with jokes).
MTV Rating: Following Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz, The World's End sees Wright, Pegg and Frost reunite for the third and final instalment of the 'Blood and Ice Cream' trilogy, with mixed but generally enjoyable results.
A strong cast, some great set-pieces and, as you'd expect, a relentless series of pop-culture references and in-jokes keep the film constantly entertaining, and it will no doubt repay repeated viewing.
Unfortunately Pegg's Gary, while often entertaining, is hard to empathise with - unlike his earlier roles as Shaun (Of The Dead), Hot Fuzz's Nicholas or Spaced's Tim, and having Nick Frost's Andy having to act sensible for the first half of the film does seem a bit of a waste - although he does make up for it later on.
The film is undoubtedly fun however, and is easily the funniest thing Pegg's been involved in since Hot Fuzz - it may just be that, like Gary, we all need to grow up sometime.
Gavin Cullen @mtvuknews