Although it has a generic narrative, The World’s End is still a fun movie as a hilarious look into arrested development through the bottom of a pint glass.

In “The World’s End,” 20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by Gary King (Simon Pegg), a 40-year-old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub – The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries. (c) Focus Features

The trio – Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright – are back with the same M.O. – immaturity, British eccentricity, and madcap silliness.

It’s funny though as the emotionally stunted King tries to relive his teen years among his grown up pals through an unfinished pub crawl. It would have been pathetic, but Pegg has the contagious energy of a likeable douchebag. The rest of the cast is also hilarious as their characters eventually catches it.

However, the second half of the film takes a cliched turn. It still goes along with the story as the characters resolve their past and present issues, but it’s reminiscent of Shaun of the Dead except this time its a generic sci-fi twist. The ending is predictable and renders the movie a bit useless.

Still, The World’s End is an entertaining summer movie with a heart that shows what it means to grow up and grow apart.

My Rating: 8/10

Poster by Scott Woolston

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