Film

The World’s End

Director
Edgar Wright
Certificate
15
Running Time
107 mins

The last and, some would say, best part of Edgar Wright‘s self-styled Cornetto Trilogy (after Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) sees a bunch of immature middle-aged blokes (Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan) resuming a pub crawl they began 20 years earlier, only to find that they’ve inadvertently become humanity’s last hope of survival.

“Wright combines laughs with satirical comment on plasticky franchise Britain, with its chain pubs and identikit high streets, and on what happens when you suddenly feel old and wrong for the pop and consumer culture that digital media has made eerily ubiquitous,” enthused Peter Bradshaw in The Guardian. “And despite the cataclysmic nature of everything, the film somehow maintains a winning and indomitable cheerfulness.”

By robin askew, Wednesday, Sep 2 2020

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