Imagine the best day of your life was the time you and your pals went on a pub crawl-only you never actually finished the crawl? So many years later you decided to give it another go. This is the basic setup for The World’s End. Our heroes want to do the Golden Mile, going from pubs The First Post to The World’s End. For most film makers this would actually not be a bad movie. Old mates getting together and pining away for the good old days. But Simon Pegg is not most film makers, so about halfway through the crawl, they notice that things in their old hometown don’t seem to be quite right.
Most of the population of a small town whose sole claim to fame is that it’s the home of the first Round A Bout, have been replaced with nicer, smarter, younger versions of themselves. Well, not so nice really, as they now want to replace our heroes. This leads to a lot of battles where our middle aged pub crawlers easily rip off arms and legs and bashing in the heads of the replicates. This results in a lot of blue goo flying around, but little else, as the synthetics are able to easily repair themselves.
Our hero is not daunted by these events and decides to carry on with the pub crawl, even after the Blanks, as they are now known, have openly declared war on them. It’s at this point that film pretty much loses its way and turns into nothing but one long chase scene.
The first half of The World’s End was funny and I kind of liked all the usual cast of British losers. There were still a few laughs in the battling aliens part, but I didn’t like the ending much. I was a bit baffled by the closing scene, but maybe I was meant to be a bit baffled by that point.
Overall The World’s End was fun, but it lacked the happy ending of Shaun of The Dead.