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The World’s End

Directed by Edgar Wright

UK, 2013

Cornerhouse, 21 July 2013

The World's End

A royally entertaining concoction of comedy, science fiction, buddy-bonding, horror and whatnot, wherein a group of friends revisit the seminal pub crawl of their youth.

Happily, they (or rather one or two of their number) are able to complete the full itinerary this time around.  Gary (leader of the gang, played by Pegg) and his pals provoke an apocalypse and the consequent collapse of civilisation in doing  so, that’s the downside, a less fortunate outcome.  But, WTF.

Roughly and readily, it is Invasion of the Body Snatchers together with slapstick blood and gore and some elegiac stuff about lost adolescence, time spent never to return, friendships forged in youth which flounder on the rocks of adult life.

An unhappy outcome for mankind, but a happy experience for the viewer: this is a hugely enjoyable, obliquely moving film.