'The World's End' is an electric mix of comedy and sci-fi - KCTV5

'The World's End' is an electric mix of comedy and sci-fi

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Edgar Wright has once again proven that he can mix an end of world alien invasion/science fiction movie with side-splitting comedy. 

The World's End is the third in the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy. The first was Wright's zombie comedy Shaun of the Dead. The second was Hot Fuzz, a hilarious spoof on buddy cop comedy. All three movies have starred the excellent British duo of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and The World's End turns out to be just as great.

The movie starts off with a flash back of Pegg's Gary King and Nick's Andy Knightley. The pair, along with their three other best friends (played Eddie Marsen, Paddy Considine and Martin Freeman) are still in high school when they decide to take on the "Golden Mile" in their home town of Newton Haven. The crawl consists of 12 bars, ending at a pub called The World's End. Gradually, the group of friends start to drop off, with none of them making it to their final destination.

Fast forward to their adult years, we find that everyone in the group has grown up, gotten jobs and started families. Everyone except for Gary. It's obvious from the start that he has not grown up and is just as irresponsible and self-centered as he was in high school. Using his sociopathic skills, Gary manages to convince everyone in the group to give the "Golden Mile" another go.

Once the pub crawl kicks off, the real fun begins. It doesn't take long for the group to realize that something is awry in Newton Haven. People act strange, familiar faces don't seem to recognize our main characters and things feel odd in general. It doesn't take long for the group to find out most of the residents have been replaced by blue-blooded automatons (not robots, as they argue throughout the film). The realization has the gang fighting for their lives, while still determined to finish their epic "Golden Mile" pub crawl.

Edgar Wright nails the mix of comedy, thrills and action in this epic genre mash-up. Rarely is a joke told that won't make you laugh. They are constant throughout the film. But with the comedy, there's a real undercurrent of tension as it becomes more and more clear things are not right with the town. When the action kicks off, Wright proves he can handle it just as deftly as he does the comedy. The fight scenes with the main cast work surprisingly well.

The acting is another huge highlight of this movie. Pegg and Frost are outstanding as they have been in all three Wright directed movies. The two have a natural chemistry that works spot on, making it feel as if this pair are actual best friends.

The big surprise was the other three friends.  Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsen and Martin Freeman are all excellent in the movie, bringing a steady flow of laughs, while also showing a true sense of friendship faded.

Overall, The World's End works almost better than it should. While it slightly drags in the third act, the laughs are constant and the action looks great. Those things combined with a great script and some of the best British thespians in the business, this movie comes highly recommended.

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