Movie Review: “The World’s End” is the third movie with Edgar Wright directing stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. Their first grouping was with “Shaun of the Dead” (2004), followed by “Hot Fuzz” (2007). While all those films present laughs, “The World’s End” is the lesser of the three because it is not as comical.
In the early 1990s, five young friends attempted an epic pub-hopping drinking marathon. Twenty years later, they reunite after Gary King (Pegg) wants to finish what they started. The problem is the men now have families and professions. They are grownups, except King still behaves like a teenager. Reluctantly, Andy Knightley (Frost), Oliver Chamberlain (Freeman), Steven Prince (Considine) and Peter Page (Marsan) decide to join their old friend. Their attempt to reach the last pub called The World’s End will be a difficult journey and dangerous. Most of the people in the 12-pub city are alien-android replicas. The androids’ plan is to take over Earth to better humanity. The quest for beer turns five friends into Earth’s mightiest, inebriated heroes.
This comedy is supposed to inspire laughs, but it really irritates, especially Pegg. His character behaves badly. Pegg plays the character with such a disdain that sympathy for him is unwarranted. Pegg’s Gary King is annoyingly unfunny. This makes the other men very pleasing in that they are not Gary King.
Like other Wright-Pegg-Frost productions, this one has its moments, but it never reaches a comical peak. The characters are interesting, but they never reach a moment where you feel you get to know them. Instead, audiences are left with enjoying the action bits that provide this piece with plenty of energy but otherwise it’s missing other elements.
Grade: C+ (Acceptable, but this would be better after visiting 12 pubs.)