Like Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, this film has a snappy, well scripted and funny first half. Gary King (Pegg) rounds up his old school pals so that they can complete the pub crawl they failed to manage twenty years or so earlier. Sporting the same outfit as his 17 year old self, and apparently with about as much money as he had then, King is a loafing fantasist and a scrounger, but has a nice line in witty comebacks.
Aforesaid pals are all much more successful than Gary in that they are gainfully employed, but despite having rather more to lose than him, they return inevitably to Newton Haven to embark on the golden mile.
The attraction of this film is its affectionate take on the nostalgia that is familiar to many of us who grew up in small towns. The leaving school celebrations, the wish to escape, the being sick after 2 pints. And we are all aware of how our lives took different paths and how tricky adult life can be. Perhaps that is why the first half of the film works so well.
The second half of the film is basically a 'mash up' (as I believe the youngsters call it) of Shaun and Hot Fuzz, as our heroes battle the locals - now mostly comprising cyborgs with distinctively zombie like mannerisms. I don't know how this all came about and neither do the screenwriters, and though a bit of action is nothing to complain about, here it's strangely hyped up and stylised, which doesn't quite work.
There are some attempts at poignancy along the way, mostly involving the Pegg character, but the twists and turns I was expecting failed to materialise or were predictable and contrived. Almost worth watching for the first half, but rather a chore beyond that.