we have literally just got home after watching The World’s End, starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine and Eddie Marson, directed by Edgar Wright.
Now we need to say right from the off that this post/review will include spoilers, as well, we can’t really talk about the film without giving everything away!
Yep, so lets grab some bar stools and rip our shirts open!
Beautiful imagery there (just imagine Nick Frost doing that and your fine). Anyway if we start with a general synopsis of the film to give some insight, if you didn’t already know.
So Gary King (Simon Pegg) regroups his old pals together on a trip back to their home town of Newton Haven to complete ‘The Golden Mile’. The Golden Mile is a legendary bar crawl around the town that includes 12 pubs starting in The First Post and culminating at The World’s End. They started this crawl when they had just left school but failed to make it to the end so King is determined to complete the mile whether a robot-invading-world-ending-barmagendon occurs or not.
All starts off well but it soon transpires that something has happened in Newton Haven and after a violent incident in the men’s loo the group discover pretty much the whole town has been taken over by robots. Well I say robots but robots are slaves and these are not slaves they are very happy, as they keep arguing, anyway they end up simply being called ‘Blanks’.
Basically they’re invading but are to PC to say it’s an invasion. And, humans being humans, we’re buggering everything up for them 🙂 This doesn’t go down to well and ends in, well, the worlds end. (As we know it anyway)
Yes so as the team tick off more and more pubs along their golden mile they proceed to get more and more tangled up in some pretty epic pub fights. Now as they continue the robots are beginning to learn who they are and adapt their ‘responses’ accordingly making it more and more difficult to distinguish between humans and ‘blanks’. However they do make mistakes, because when people are turned into blanks their DNA gets used so any scars, tattoos won’t show and any lasered off birth marks will reappear.
Just like the ‘Omen’! His 6-shaped facial birth mark showed him up to be a blank! Who the hell got the idea to turn Dr. Watson into a robot? I mean a Hobbit is reasonable, but a robot??
He was not a robot! In fact after he turned he was very happy to be back in Newton Haven and willing to complete the Golden Mile, even persuading the others to continue (which was when my suspicions were first aroused). The next scene was pretty cool when Andy (Frost) realised what had happened and suddenly smashed Oliver’s (Freeman) face off with a bar stool.
That reminds me of the bit where they met up again at the bowls club, or ‘the smoking room’. They all got paranoid and made each other prove they were human by showing scars, which ended with King Gay (Gary) repeatedly smashing his head against a pillar to prove he was human.
Haha King Gay
Hahahahahahhahahahahahahaha! Peter then got captured and turned into a blank after beating the crap out of his childhood bully (who was also a blank) King Gay, lol 🙂
By this point there were only three pubs left on the crawl but it had all gotten too much for them and decided to call it a night. However to get back to Gary’s car ‘The Beast’ they had to go through pub number 10. At this point King Gay couldn’t let go of the fact they were so close to the end and made a run for it. Cue lot’s of running, chasing, fast drinking and some emotional reconciliation between Pegg and Frosts characters (Seriously could have picked a better time though right?)
And then they got to the World’s End. This is where the sh*t got real, in a subterranean way. Like the bar sank into an underground bunker where we finally got to see the face of ‘The Network’. And the younger (and cuter) versions of Gary and his mates.
Gary’s words not ours by the way, and at this point it was nice to hear a familiar voice from the Cornetto trilogy in the form of Bill Nighy. Basically this is one of the best scenes in the film where Gary, Andy and Steven (Considine) have an argument with the Network and stand up for all that is bad about humanity and why we should be left alone!
The Network says ‘F*ck it’ in the end and leaves Newton Haven to be consumed by some sort of electrical explosion which plunges the world back into the dark ages.
So there you are barmagedon leading to the end of the world as we know it all because King Gay wanted to finish the Golden Mile. Thanks a bunch Gay.
However, orange Wednesday well spent! An awesome film to see at any time of day. Can we have it on DVD now?
Haha might have to wait a while for that release but it was indeed an awesome film and a fitting end to the Cornetto Trilogy. Great story, brilliant effects and amazing cast, all I can say is a very well done to the whole team. And for those that are sad the trilogy has come to an end I say don’t be sad it ended, be happy it happened. And a quote from the mighty Peggster himself “this is not the beginning of the end, it is the end of the beginning”.
So we look forward to the next installment from Pegg, Frost and Wright.
Haha, King Gay.