The World’s End is a 2013 British comic science fiction film directed by Edgar Wright, written by Wright and Simon Pegg, and starring Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Rosamund Pike and Eddie Marsan. The film follows a group of friends who discover an alien invasion during an epic pub crawl in their home town.
Wright has described the film as “social science fiction” in the tradition of John Wyndham and Samuel Youd (John Christopher). It is the third and final film in the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, following Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007).
This starts off slowly, with Simon Pegg as a rather obnoxious character trying to entice on friends on a drinking tour of 12 pubs. It’s funny immediately, the dialogue is quick and sharp and all five main characters have a good go at it. Then, at one pub, during an altercation people start losing their heads and spouting blue blood.
Finally the Science Fiction Horror genre has arrived. From then on, it ramps up the action to a world-changing ending.
This is a well-written comedy, with lots of verbal and physical comedy. Best viewed with a crowd indulging in drinking games, also enjoyable by yourself.