It’s been nine years since Shaun of the Dead introduced the U.S. to the team that included Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost. I’m going to let that sink in for a moment. It’s been six years since Hot Fuzz came out and about that long since you manned up and watched Spaced. All great pieces of work, but I wish I wasn’t forced to wait so long for the band to get back together. Their big finale is the wonderful The World’s End.
The basic premise falls on a group of old high school buddies who once set out on an epic pub-crawl that would lead them through eleven pubs before they make it to the twelfth pub titled (you guessed it) The World’s End. Time has passed since these friends last attempted the feat. In that time, four of them have gotten legit jobs and families while Simon Pegg’s character Gary King never grew up.
Gary is one of the most worthless human beings on the planet but Simon Pegg's acting helps you find the human side of the character. The other Wright staples are present and individually hold their own.
Like all of Edgar Wright’s work, the movie bends several genres, ranging from nostalgia fest, comedy, drama, and balls to the wall end of the world action. I had a wonderful time and while it isn’t a direct sequel to his other films (they never are) it felt like I was saying goodbye to another era. See this movie. Now.
See, I’m not always a tool when I see movies.
Thomas William Shaw is an author and stage actor from Birmingham, AL. He lives with his wife, Lauren, their children, and their cats in a quiet place. Occasionally he will post about it.