The World’s End is not quite what the title leads you to believe. At first. Again, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are the two biggest actors and they make a great team once more.
To start the movie you have Gary King (Simon Pegg) sharing a memory of a night filled with drinking and merry making of a group of friends. They have finished schooling and to celebrate they take the challenge of the “Golden Mile”. 12 pubs, 12 pints of beer, 1 night. Zoom out as the tale ends and we find Gary King in something akin to Alcoholics Anonymous. Someone asks him if he’s disappointed the gang never got to finish. While Gary says no it’s obvious it weighs on him and off the story goes.
Gary starts visiting old friends and convinces them to try the Golden Mile again. One by one Oliver Chamberlain (Martin Freeman), Steven Prince (Paddy Considine), and Peter Page (Eddie Marsan) cave and agree to have one last go. They meet up at the train station when Gary said to meet and Gary arrives late. While waiting for Gary to show up the three men start discussing who the biggest idiot is for showing up. The last friend Gary visits, Andy Knightly (Nick Frost), shows up on the other side of the gate, calls to the others, and raises his hand.
As the night goes on the men relive their younger years and find out that Gary really hasn’t changed at all between school and his 40s. Andy does not partake in alcohol due to some instances that happened when the men were younger.
As the evening progresses the men find more and more things off about the city they called home. They are not remembered (and they’d gotten into more than enough trouble to stick into people’s minds) and the people they remember have changed far more than expected.
This movie is filled with drinking, laughter, and some crazy things and is just fun. The relationships among the characters remind me of relationships with friends I’ve had over the years and I think that most people can agree. Maybe not with drinking, but with different things that we do when we’re young.
Heather: While I’m not a fan of drinking, especially in excess, I do love the comedy and action in this movie. Might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is one that I can watch and laugh at multiple times.