On Mondays, when we’re both at home, my sister and I have taken to watching random movies on Netflix while we work on our separate things. A couple of weeks ago, our movie du jour was The World’s End.
For the first half an hour, the movie is about a group of old friends, led by Simon Pegg’s Gary King, who are attempting to complete the “Golden Mile” - twelve pubs in their small town of Newton Haven. They had tried to do the same pub crawl in their teens but failed to reach the twelfth pub, The World’s End, and Gary has never been able to let it go.
Watching a bunch of dudes drink is fun and everything - particularly when one of the men is Martin Freeman - but it would be a pretty slow movie if a pub crawl was the main plotline, even if the names of the pubs do foreshadow all the upcoming events. Which is why there’s also an alien invasion and androids who bleed blue gunk and at least two explosions.
And underneath all that, there’s a story of friendship and feeling alienated from your hometown, especially after a long absence, and being true to yourself.
Plus it’s hilarious. So there’s that.