You might recognize this dream team from Shaun of the Dead or Hot Fuzz (both of which will for sure pop up on here eventually).
Before he was stealing our hearts as Benji in the MI franchise or as Scotty aboard the Enterprise, Pegg was making comedy magic with a weird horror vibe with this dream team.
The World’s end is a beautiful story about five friends who fell out of touch after some real life turmoil. Gary King (Pegg) wants to get the group together to take another attempt at their legendary pub crawl in the guys’ hometown. After lots of begging, they agree, and set upon their mission to have a pint at The First Post, then on to The Old Familiar, The Famous Cock, The Cross Hands, The Good Companions, The Trusty Servant, The Two-Headed Dog, The Mermaid, The Beehive, The King’s Head, and The Hole in the Wall for a measure of the same, all before the last bittersweet pint in that most fateful terminus, The World’s End.
Along the way, they notice that their town has changed in a way they can’t quite put their finger on. People seem ageless, strange, and… robotic. The gang tries to solve the mystery, and survive it, but King never allows them to lose focus of making it to that last fateful pub. Wright’s style really shines here in the doomsday at a pub niche he has created. (His pint pouring quick cuts are a thing of beauty).
A hilarious romp about drunken friends that is more gifable than anything you’ve ever seen, non stop laughs, and a strange end of the world sub plot you don’t plan for, but on top of that, a really heart warming story about growing up, the troubles with our pasts, addictions, loss, and friendship.
I love this flick more than words, and could listen to Pegg fumble his way through the names of pubs non stop. And if you’re wondering, yes, he falls trying to climb a fence.
Great if you liked: Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead, This is the End, Zombieland