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For Gary King (Simon Pegg) and Andy Knightley (Nick Frost) it was supposed to be the ultimate reunion - one night five friends twelve bars. A boozy quest to 'The World's End' pub on which only the strongest will survive. Having the time of their lives they're ready to take on the world... but tonight they might just have to save it. From Edgar Wright Director of 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz' comes a wildly entertaining thrill ride of outrageous humour and explosive action that will raise a glass to the apocalypse. Special Features: Completing The Golden Mile: The Making of The World's End Deleted Scene Outtakes Trailers Commentary with Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg VFX Breakdown Photo Galleries Trivia Trackfrom£4.19 | RRP:
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play For Gary King (Simon Pegg) and Andy Knightley (Nick Frost) it was supposed to be the ultimate reunion - one night five friends twelve bars A boozy quest to &39;The World&39;s End&39; pub on which only the strongest will survive Having the time of their lives they&39;re ready to take on the world but tonight they might just have to save it From Edgar Wright director of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz comes a wildly entertaining thrill ride of outrageous humour and explosive action that will raise a glass to the apocalypse Includes over one hour of apocalyptic bonus Completing The Golden Mile The Making of The World&39;s End ♦ Deleted Scene ♦ Out-takes ♦ Trailers ♦ Commentary with Edgar Wright & Simon Pegg ♦ VFX Breakdown ♦ Photo Galleries ♦ Trivia Track
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost star in this sci-fi comedy about a group of friends who reunite to complete the pub crawl they abandoned back in their youth. Galvanised by Gary (Pegg), 40-somethings Oliver (Martin Freeman), Andy (Frost), Steven (Paddy Considine) and Peter (Eddie Marsan) return to their home town for one more attempt at trying to reach the legendary pub, 'The World's End'. But after setting out on their quest, taking in watering holes such as 'The Two Headed Dog' and 'The Famous Cock', the friends' objective soon pales into insignificance when they realise that the fate of the entire human race may ultimately rest in their hands.
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The World's EndJordan Robson
"Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were." - Marcel Proust
You might think that's an oddly highbrow quote to use to open a review of the latest Simon Pegg/Nick Frost/Edgar Wright fantasy-comedy, The World's End. But actually, it sums up exactly what the film is about. Because while this companion movie to the trio's previous efforts (Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) is on its surface a similarly silly knockabout yarn - this time, about an alien invasion taking place during a pub crawl - it also manages to explore satisfyingly deeper themes involving nostalgia, childhood, and our attempts to recapture a past that only really exists in our minds.
Pegg plays Gary King, a hapless thirty-something layabout who still cherishes the memories of his schooldays, when his popularity and forceful personality were enough to make him the leader of his friendship group. Now that those days are long past - and his friends have all grown up and moved on - Gary seeks to recapture the glory of his youth by bringing the gang back together for one last pub crawl. And that gang just happens to include star names like Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan and - of course - Pegg's regular co-star Nick Frost, all of whom give great performances on both a dramatic and comedic level.
Together, the ensemble cast makes for an enjoyable and believable gang of old friends, with their grown-up selves unwillingly reprising their childhood relationships (in that way that we all tend to fall back into when we meet up with our childhood friends), producing a lot of fun interactions, including plenty of amusing callbacks to shared experiences that are only hinted at for the audience.
This sense of nostalgia is compounded by director Edgar Wright's soundtrack choices, with a host of great '90s tunes (particularly from the "madchester" era) helping to put thirty-something viewers' mindsets into the same place as King - whose only hope is to rekindle the relationships that made his life so complete in the past. Unfortunately for King, however, his dream is not to be, as it's made abundantly clear that all of his other friends have now moved on, and have little time for reminiscing about the old days.
Everything changes, though, when it starts to become clear that King's home town of Newton Haven has changed a lot since he's been away - and is now at risk of being overrun by a group of bodysnatcher-style robot-aliens.
If that sounds like a strange gear-shift, then don't worry - as it actually integrates perfectly with the larger themes of the story. Because it soon becomes clear that the aliens' plot to occupy and preserve Newton Haven provides a revealing parallel with King's own desire to live in the past, and to ultimately prevent his own life from moving on and changing. What's more, the larger plot that's gradually uncovered provides separate parallels with the other themes of Wright's movie - including some smart commentary on how the UK's towns and cities are becoming increasingly homogenised and samey (conveyed through some brilliant visual gags in which all of the pubs that the group visits look virtually identical).
In this way, Wright uses the more outlandish and fantastical elements of the movie to complement and reinforce the central messages of his film, reinforcing them rather than detracting from them, while also providing some highly entertaining (and crucially, very funny) moments.
As the film begins to roll around to its unexpected conclusion - via some great action/fight sequences and a couple of cameos from big-name actors that I won't spoil here - you'll be surprised to find yourself emotionally engaged with the movie on a level that you wouldn't normally expect from a silly Brit-comedy. And as the credits start to roll (after a ballsy, bold ending) you'll probably be equally surprised to realise that The World's End is a film that really sticks with you, providing you with some real food for thought - as well as a showcase for some of the best comic performances and most accomplished direction that the UK talent of today can offer.
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