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The World's End

Good food. Fine ales. Total Annihilation 

Year: 2013 
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Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 (Scope) 
Certificate: BBFC 15 Cert – Not suitable for under 15s 
Subtitles: This film is not expected to be subtitled, though this cannot be guaranteed. 
Directed by Edgar Wright 
Starring: Rosamund Pike, Simon Pegg, Martin Freeman, Nick Frost  
An image from The World's End

Directed by Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), The World’s End sees the final film in Wright’s unofficial Cornetto trilogy (also known as the Blood and Ice Cream trilogy), following Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007). The World’s End tells the story of a group of friends who discover an alien invasion in their home town whilst attempting the Golden Mile. The challenge: a 12 pints pub crawl of the town’s 12 pubs ending with The Golden Mile; a challenge left incomplete after the group attempted when younger.

Gary (Simon Pegg), who is broke, single, in therapy and still driving the same car as he was in high school, in an attempt to relive the glory of days of being younger, suggests a second shot at the Golden Mile. But this takes some persuasion as his friends on the other hand now all have families and responsibilities. Although initially reluctant, they eventually give in to Gary's overwhelming enthusiasm.

Sticking to the tried and tested formula of the previous two films, though this time aiming their wits at the sci-fi genre, The World’s End is a brilliant comedy, in which the characters get continually drunker (and funnier) as the story progresses. Although the comedy isn’t suited to all tastes, it is full of true British humour. If you are a fan of the first two in the trilogy, it is certainly worth completing the set. It builds on its predecessors in both scale and character.

Alina Haddad

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Screenings of this film:

2013/2014 Autumn Term (digital)
2013/2014 Autumn Term (digital)