The World’s End: First Look

Posted by Grey Tuesday, May 7, 2013

"Good food. Fine ales. Total annihilation."

Brace yourself for the literally "Be All, End All" epic pub-crawl during an alien invasion in the long-awaited final chapter of Edgar Wright's Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, The World's End. 

If this is indeed the end, what would be the best way to take yourself out with a bang? There are probably a gazillion answers to this one but for many, what better way to ring in the apocalypse than an epic pub-crawl? For fans of the amazingly talented British writer/film-maker Edgar Wright, that is the only and best way. Anyway, ending the world with a bang in an epic pub-crawl to literally end all pub-crawls are exactly what we will be getting in The World’s End, the long-awaited final chapter of the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy set to be released in the UK in July and the US in August.

A trilogy of genre films directed by Edgar Wright, written by Simon Pegg and Wright, and starring Pegg and Nick Frost, the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy (also known as the Blood and Ice Cream trilogy) had its humble origin with 2004's Shaun of the Dead, the zombie comedy that revolutionized and arguably created the sub-sub-genre of zombie comedy. Then came 2007's Hot Fuzz, doing what the trio did with Shaun of the Dead but this time on the buddy cop action film genre. Referencing Polish film-maker Krzysztof Kieślowski's Three Colours film trilogy, the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy is referring to the Cornetto ice cream flavour. While the bloody gore elements of Shaun of the Dead represented the red strawberry flavoured Cornetto, Hot Fuzz is for the blue original Cornetto with the blue police element. And with the final entry hitting the screen in months, we now know that the last Cornetto would be the green mint choc-chip flavour.

Featuring an excellent cast of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Eddie Marsan, Paddy Considine, and Martin Freeman, The World's Set set all five protagonists on a quest to repeat their legendary attempt for an epic pub-crawl that culminate in the fabled pub, "The World's End." Along the way, the world ends. Based on the recently trailer, I think we can pin it on the aliens this time. Hit the jump to check out the typically awesome trailer for the film.

In an interview with IGN, Wright discussed about the underlying theme of the film that arches back to the overall theme of the trilogy:

"Shaun was about where we live – our neighbourhood in North London. And then Hot Fuzz was about going back home. Home for me and Simon in terms of a small town. But this one is about looking backwards. It’s more nostalgic. I think a lot about my adolescence and my teenage years and things I’d do differently. I have grand fantasies of going back in time and doing things better. Back to when I was 15 or 16. So there’s an element of that – whether it’s healthy to look or go backwards. That’s kind of what the theme of the film is.”

“I think this one is our way of wrapping up, with some formality, the man-child aspect of the series. There’s an element within all of the movies that’s about growing up. Shaun has to grow up to be a hero. In Hot Fuzz Nick Angel has to dumb down to Andy’s level to save the day. And with this one I wanted to do something where… there’s a lot of American comedies in the last 10 years that have been about man children or dealing with responsibility. But I feel that they never get too deep under the surface. They bring up some aspects but don’t delve into them very deeply. And I think here we tried to skewer those movies in a sense.”

And here are some of the first posters for the film.

The Comic-Con poster for the film.

And here are the official set images released thus far.

Here's the official synopsis of the film:

20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hellbent on trying the drinking marathon again.  They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their hometown and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub – The World’s End.  As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s.  Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.

The World’s End is currently scheduled to be released in the UK on August 14 and in the US on October 25.


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