Film Review: The World’s End
Reviewer: Olen Bjorgo
In the small English town of Newton Haven is a legendary pub crawl known as the Golden
Mile, a crawl that starts at the First Post and finishes with The World’s End. Gary
King and his four friends tried it once when they graduated high school, but failed
to finish it. Now reaching middle age, a hedonistic Gary gathers his divided friends
across London to try and finish what they started back in 1990, and soon becomes
a journey of self-
“Normal” being quite relative already.
Visually, The World’s End is what you’ll come to expect from one of Wright’s films: quick cuts and extreme close ups that accentuate a joke, amazing fight scenes, and small nods or running gags in the background. The most notable is with first two pubs that the gang visits: both are exactly the same except for the names and the people who are in them. However, as the film progresses the pubs begin to look more unique, yet there are still overarching bits that make them all the exact same. Even if you don’t keep a fine eye for detail, the film is still wonderfully shot.
The soundtrack for the film is full of music from the 1980s, primarily filled with British rock that the characters would have heard growing up. Given how it’s a reunion story it makes sense to have these five men in their 40s in their old hometown have the music of their youth be the backdrop to their actions, but it’s more like Gary’s mixtape of his favorite hits rather than a playlist on someone’s iPod. Its themes of freedom, fun, and neverending parties are more like anthems for Gary.
The story, between the moments of insanity, humor, and action, is rather tragic. Gary’s life of fun and freedom is an absolute wreck compared to seemingly idyllic and responsible lives of important jobs, nice cars, families, and everything society expects you to have when you’re reaching middle age. After telling the story how the greatest moment in his life was the day he graduated to a support group, Gary wants to accomplish the one thing that really mattered to his life: the Golden Mile. His attempt to gather up his friends and relive the glory days is met with uncertainty, contempt, and not meeting to his expectations. The return to Newton Haven also brings up old memories, old wounds, and even old loves for his friends. The procession from each pub on the Golden Mile escalates these feelings and memories until it finally comes to a head at The World’s End.
Pictured: A conservative plot summary. Go on, soak up the whole scene.
Now you’re glimpsing Edgar Wright’s mind.
The cast has the Edgar Wright regulars of Simon Pegg playing Gary King and Nick Frost,
playing Gary’s former best friend Andy, while the remaining three friends of Peter,
Note the gravity of the word “strange” in relation to an Edgar Wright
film, by the way.
The World’s End is a unique take on your typical reunion film, and presents a pretty
realistic portrayal of how that freedom-
Atmosphere & Experience: 7
Director: Edgar Wright
Producer: Nira Park, Tim Bevan,
Studio: Relativity Media, Working
Release Date (U.S.): Aug 23, 2013
Release Date (U.K.): Jul 19, 2013
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