MRR Review: "The World's End"

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MRR Review: "The World's End"

Rating: R
Length: 109 minutes
Release Date: Aug. 23, 2013
Directed by: Edgar Wright
Genre: Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi

Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg team up for a third time to recreate the success they had in 2004 with "Shaun of the Dead" and in 2007 with "Hot Fuzz." "The World's End" details the story of five middle-aged men as they try to recreate their youth and meet up with beings that are truly out of this world. This movie combines nostalgia, humor, and buddy bonding with a fictional storyline to create a comedy that should be on everyone's must-see list.

The story begins with Gary King (Simon Pegg), a 40-year-old alcoholic who yearns to recreate his younger years. He is determined to reunite a group of friends from his teen years to complete a pub crawl that they never managed to finish during their youth. The route, called the Golden Mile, is a stretch of road in Newton Haven that has a full twelve pubs along its path, ending with the best pub of all—The World's End. Although Gary hasn't changed much since he was younger, his friends have. Even so, he is able to convince four of them to join him on his quest: Oliver (Martin Freeman), Andrew (Nick Frost), Steven (Paddy Considine), and Peter (Eddie Marsan).

Oliver's sister, Sam (Rosamund Pike), meets up with them early on during their pub crawl, and an old rivalry rears its ugly head. Although she rebuffs an advance from Gary, it brings up all too familiar feelings in Steven, who has always felt something special for her and has never forgiven Gary for the fling he had with her years ago.

When the group reaches Cross Hands, things start to go awry. Gary gets into a tussle with a local teen, and during the scuffle, the boy's head falls off, revealing him to be a robot. The group winds up fending off more robots until they leave to continue the pub crawl in an attempt not to draw too much attention to themselves.

At one point, the group realizes that Oliver has been replaced by a robot, which leads to tremendous fear within the group as they realize that the others might have also been taken over. At this point, they escort Sam to her car and tell her to leave town.

Peter is eventually captured by the robots at another Newton Haven venue, but Gary vows not to give up on his quest to complete the Golden Mile pub crawl. He gives the car keys to Steven and Andrew so that they can also get out of town, but instead Andrew leaves Steven for the robots and follows Gary to the end, fending off droves of robots as he goes. Once they finally reach The World's End, the two discover some things about each other that they had never dreamed of.

"The World's End" reunites the trio of Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost, who all had a hand in the first two films of what they have dubbed the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy. Edgar Wright directed and cowrote the screenplays along with Simon Pegg, and both Pegg and Frost played lead roles in the movies.

The five lead actors—Marsan, Frost, Pegg, Freeman, and Considine—are no strangers to film, with 89 years of experience between the five of them. Pegg is known for his peculiar variety of British films and television shows, as well as appearances in "Mission Impossible III" and "Star Trek Into Darkness." Frost played Nion in "Snow White and the Huntsman," and Freeman is currently starring in the hit series "Sherlock" as well as "The Hobbit" film trilogy. Paddy Considine is well known for his appearances in "Cinderella Man" and "The Bourne Ultimatum," and Marsden has appeared in "V for Vendetta" and "Miami Vice."

Originally written for teenage leads, this film takes comedy and wacky sci-fi to new limits but has serious undertones as well. This is a tale of nostalgia and a return to youth, the perils of addiction, the trials and tribulations of middle age, and the strength of male friendship over the years, no matter how different the paths that each man takes.

Rating: 4 out of 5