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The last movie of the “Cornetto trilogy” is a unique comedy of five men as they come to terms with their past and the people they once were.
SINGAPORE: Five people, each doing 12 pints of beer in 12 pubs, all in one night. The epic pub crawl attempt by five teenagers was what the “Golden Mile” was all about, except it ended in drunken failure.
Fast forward around 20 years, another attempt is made but forces not of this world stand in their way.
The idea of spending two hours watching five middle aged men drinking themselves silly may not be everybody’s glass of beer.
However, British director Edgar Wright knows how to turn the mundane into magic.
“The World’s End” is Edgar Wright’s third and last entry in the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, following 2004’s “Shaun of the Dead” and 2007’s “Hot Fuzz”.
Like the rest of the Cornetto trilogy, the film mixes a variety of genres and ideas that forms a unique blend.
Simon Pegg plays “Gary King”, a man who has never moved past his teenager glory days.
Everything about him, from his choice of clothes to his behaviour, is still locked at the age of 18, which he described as the best point of his life.
The peak of that point of his life was the “Golden Mile” attempt with his other buddies.
The fun, if it can be described as that, begins when “Gary King” sets out to properly finish the mission after those long years, by uniting his old friends – “Peter” (Eddie Marsan), “Oliver” (Martin Freeman), “Steven” (Paddy Considine) and “Andy” (Nick Frost).
They agree to join him, albeit rather reluctantly.
Travelling back to their hometown of Newton Haven, they get another shot at the “Golden Mile” and finish at the 12th and last pub, The World’s End.
However, forces from another world -- not zombies this time -- stand in their way.
The kind of magic that is The World’s End is hard to describe.
It starts off comedic with much of the humour the result of Simon Pegg’s brilliant interactions with the rest of the cast -- it is hard not to laugh at “Gary’s” obnoxious behavior and his friends’ exasperated reactions.
However, at about the half-way point, the story suddenly switches gears and becomes an action sci-fi.
The humour, although turning into dark comedy at certain points, never really goes away.
In the midst of everything, hearts will be tugged when the real reason behind “Gary King’s” determination, which at times borders on lunatic obsession, to complete the Golden Mile is revealed.
The themes of nostalgia, free will and happiness are brought up which allows for perhaps some introspection by the audience on their own lives.
Worth a drink
Overall, The World’s End is still a comedy though in reality, it is so much more.
Just like the characters, the audience comes away with a lot more than just a laugh.
A comedic sci-fi film is not expected to have deep underlying themes, but The World’s End surprisingly provides for it.
If you are looking for a straight forward comedy, then the film may not be for you.
The humour, being British, may be slightly different from the usual Hollywood fare -- so pay attention to get the drift.
As for the acting by the entire cast, it is splendid, which is off no surprise especially from Pegg and Frost, who have acted together in Edgar Wright’s previous films.
“The World’s End” is certainly worth the price of a ticket and maybe a glass of beer later.
(Rating: 4/5 glasses of beer)