Monday, July 15, 2013
MARTIN FREEMAN, SIMON PEGG, ROSAMUND PIKE: The World's End Review: It's Barmageddon as Pegg's pub crawl turns into a dash to save mankind (MIRROR) BY MARK ADAMS
In Shaun of the Dead they tackled zombies, in Hot Fuzz they took on small-town police and mobsters but for their latest dose of laddish camaraderie Pegg, Frost and director Edgar Wright take on their biggest challenge – a pub crawl with the end of the world at stake. It is a film that has everything – excessive beer quaffing, hand-to-hand combat, romance, male bonding and the prospect that the end of their pub crawl might see these old, but rather mismatched, mates involved in a fight – not just for their future, but for the whole of mankind.
Pegg quite bravely leaves behind his warm-and-matey persona to play the rather obnoxious Gary King, a failure whose only real aspiration in life seems to be to gather his old pals for a drinking tour in the home town they haven’t visited for years. Against all the odds they agree to his suggestion, despite his one-time best friend Andy (Frost) falling out with him years before and Steven (Considine) still harbouring a grudge because Andy took the girl he was in love with. Oliver (Freeman) and Peter (Marsan) are not convinced by Andy’s plan but are willing to give it a go.
The pub crawl sees the false camaraderie hilariously demolished, especially when Oliver’s sister Sam (Pike), the woman Steven and Gary both lusted after, arrives on the scene.
It seems locals they thought unwelcoming have good reason to be.
It turns out they are actually aliens who have taken over the forms of townspeople, and they are not too happy with the boozy band.
When things get serious, sleeves are rolled up and pub fights ensue (with Frost an almost lithe martial arts machine) as they try to make it to The World’s End, and the climax of their majestic quest.
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