Can you believe that it was ten years ago that Shaun of the Dead was released, and the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy was started? From The Winchester, taking a quick trip through rural Sandford, we’ve ended up in Newton Haven and are exploring the Golden Mile for a few pints with Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright.
Ever thought that Edgar Wright has a strange fascination with pubs? In Shaun of the Dead their aim is to get to the Winchester and let the zombie thing blow over; Nicholas Angel and Danny Butterman spend plenty of time in the local in Sandford; In The World’s End it’s all about completing the Golden Mile and getting obliterated! Anyone would have thought us Brits know something about this drinking culture thing…
As teenagers, Gary King and his friends attempt to complete the infamous pub crawl, The Golden Mile – 12 pints in 12 pubs, ending in The World’s End – but ultimately fail. Twenty-two years later, Gary (Simon Pegg) reunites his estranged friends, Peter (Eddie Marsan), Oliver “O-Man” (Martin Freeman), Steven (Paddy Considine) and Andrew (Nick Frost) to complete the crawl, but find the town isn’t quite how they remember it. Even with a town filled with weird alien robots, nothing will stop Gary from completing the crawl and reaching The World’s End.
There’s not much I can say about The World’s End to be totally honest – it’s a Pegg/Wright/Frost film, it’s bound to be great! Everything you could possibly need from one of their films is in it, a best of British cast, nods to everything British (see if you can spot the Fawlty Towers reference!), drinking, weird creatures taking over a town and of course, plenty of fighting! It’s pretty much like a combination of Shaun and Fuzz, a small town that doesn’t feel quite like normal that’s been taken over by weird creatures. As a stand alone film it’s great, plenty of laughs, great characters and great story but in comparison to the rest of the series, it feels a lot weaker. Obviously there was a lot to live up to, being the final in the series, and I think my expectations were a little high, but that doesn’t stop it from being a great film.