Growing up I always thought I would have the same group of friends forever. But actually I can’t think of a person who didn’t think that way either. We all have memories that we’d love the opportunity to relive. Moments that often defined a Summer or entire childhood. Moments that will remain with you forever. However, it’s not often that life lets us regroup and embark on those memorable moments again. We all mean to do it; it’s just sometimes it’s not always easy to drop everything on a whim. On the other hand, that’s exactly right where “The World’s End” begins.
“The World’s End” follows a group of “five musketeers†” that have grown up, became prominent business men and are raising families. They have left their hometown antics behind as well as inadvertently stopped keeping in touch with their former musketeers. Nonetheless, this all changes when this leader, Gary King (Simon Pegg), returns twenty years later with a preposition to resume the elusive “Golden Mile”. While the group’s first attempt wasn’t a complete success, it was still a pivotal moment for Mr King. His persuasive nature eventually works, and the entire group has set their sights on returning to Newton Haven and completing “The Golden Mile”.
So, what exactly is “The Golden Mile”?
In short, it’s “one night, five guys, twelve pubs†”, all culminating with a final pint at The World’s End. Get it? The movie’s called “The World’s End” and “The Golden Mile” ends at the World’s End. 🙂
But you can’t write “The World’s End” off so quickly. While “The World’s End” would appear to be a sappy little comedy about reconnecting with old buds, it’s actually an entirely different movie altogether. The beauty of “The World’s End” lies in the fact that you can clearly tell that the film was brought you by the same folks that gave us the equally awesome movies that are “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz”. All three films center around ordinary people that encounter quirks in their towns and eventually have to dig a little deeper to figure out what’s going on. And oddly enough, a pub seems to be the hub for either , or retrospection or salvation, as in “Shaun of the Dead”. “The World’s End” is brimming with the comedic wit you’ve come to expect from screenwriters Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright.
“The World’s End” sets itself apart amongst all other Summer releases. A season where it’s defined by it’s superhero movies or action titles that feature elaborate explosions and sets. “The World’s End” is chock full of action, that would appear odd for a film about old friends reuniting to go on a pub crawl but I don’t know how many more times I can reiterate that this just adds to how awesome a movie it is. It’s not about humans eventually learning that they have super powers that are only activated by drinking beer. It’s not even about love triangles featuring some odd hybrid of vampires and werewolves. It’s simply about Gary King’s drive to get the gang back together. Five friends banding together to complete something their leader feels was the best night of their lives. And even though the band’s back together, it’s not always smooth sailing. Ultimately, it’s only natural that the gang can’t just pick up where they left off twenty years ago. For some the scars are too deep. No matter how grand it would be to complete the Golden Mile, some would rather just turn around and leave the King behind. Eventually, Gary and the others realize that their hometown seems different somehow. It’s up to the group to figure out what’s going on while trying their best to stay focused and make it to the World’s End.
So, here’s the bottom line.
“The World’s End” is a refreshing action movie, full of ingenious wit that balances the overall action. You will never see the ending coming. At all. My only issue is that it seems that the trailers do give away some of the movie’s integral plot twist as well as some of the best action sequences. But in the end, if you are a fan of “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz”, you need to see “The World’s End”. It ties nicely with the other two films and is definitely more intimate out of the three. It tugs at your heartstrings in all the right ways while keeping you laughing and guessing up until the movie’s final scene.
In short, “The World’s End” is awesome. Must see!
Below I’ve included links to the trailer, featurettes, and official websites for “The World’s End”.
“The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy”:
“Director at Work”:
“The World’s End” Featurette:
For the interactive screenplay to Hot Fuzz, click here.
For the interactive screenplay to The Cornetto Trilogy lead-off “Shaun of the Dead”, click here.
† denotes portions that were excepted from production notes.
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