The World’s End ¬ DVD

The World’s End follows a group of childhood friends who reunite 20 years later to repeat an “epic pub crawl” from their youth. However, as their drinking marathon progresses, events take an apocalyptic twist and the group unwittingly becomes humankind’s only hope for survival.

Alongside Pegg and Frost, the film’s ensemble cast includes Sherlock star Martin Freeman, Happy-Go-Lucky’s Eddie Marsan and former Bond girl Rosamund Pike. Meanwhile, Rafe Spall and Paddy Considine are both back from Hot Fuzz.

The sumptuous cast for The World’s End really is a who’s who of offbeat British comedy. Pegg’s fellow boozers include the wonderful Nick Frost, alongside Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman and Eddie Marsan. Fans of Pegg and Wright’s iconic sitcom Spaced will be pleased to note that the brilliant Mark Heap appears to have escaped from Lark Rise to Candleford hell to play a pub barman (Michael Smiley’s Tyres also apparently plays a local vicar), while The League of Gentlemen’s Reece Shearsmith turns up as a sinister local.

Rosamund Pike seems to be the only lady in this admittedly rather blokey affair, though we’re told Sightseers’s Alice Lowe will also make an appearance. Whatever happened to the fabulous Jessica Hynes (nee Stevenson), whose intelligent presence kept Spaced from slipping into similar sausage-fest territory? Is that a fleeting glimpse of her running towards the camera at 1.11, or just my wishful thinking?

The film is the final instalment in the so-called ‘Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy’ from writer-star Pegg and writer-director Edgar Wright. The loose movie trilogy began in 2004 with zombie comedy Shaun Of The Dead and continued with 2007’s Hot Fuzz, a spoof of so-called “buddy cop” action flicks.

The World’s End was originally scheduled to open in August, but has recently had its release date brought forward and will now arrive in UK cinemas on July 19.

Director: Edgar Wright
Music: Steven Price
Screenplay: Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright
Producers: Nira Park, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner
Stars: Rosamund Pike, Martin Freeman, Simon Pegg

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