Audiences and critics are in a frenzy this week over the reunion of director Edgar Wright and actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in The World’s End. Wright has become an industry powerhouse thanks to his work on films like Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and The Adventures of Tintin. Frost and Pegg have become a modern day Laurel and Hardy due to hilarious performances in Hot Fuzz, Paul and Spaced. But some audiences aren’t aware of the vast British connection that ties all these productions together, and that The World’s End marks the conclusion of a revolutionary trilogy.
Fueled by the trio’s love of American cinema and based on an episode of their previous collaboration, Spaced, Shaun of the Dead was released in 2004. The movie showcased Wright and Pegg’s detailed understanding of American action films, including techniques like slow motion, aerial shots and lightning fast pans. Wright, Pegg and Frost reunited in 2007 for the buddy cop action comedy, Hot Fuzz. Once again, Wright employed many techniques used in ‘80s American buddy cop films like Lethal Weapon and the Dirty Harry movies. The result was highly entertaining film that had audiences in stitches on the edge of their seats.
It wasn’t until filming was completed, however, that the trio realized a pattern was forming in the films. It was brought to the attention of Wright that the popular British ice cream, Cornettos, had appeared in both Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. It began as a funny coincidence, but eventually Wright decided to run with it. The Strawberry Cornetto in Shaun alludes to the gore in the film, and the original Blue Cornetto signifies the police in Hot Fuzz. The World’s End will feature the mint chocolate chip flavor to represent a supernatural element, so be sure to keep a look out for it.
The World’s End is the second film in the trilogy to be based on a previous film by Wright. After moving to London at the age of 20, Wright returned home to his quaint hometown to find that it had become almost identical to many of the small towns in England; right down to the pubs. The change reminded him of Invasion of the Bodysnatchers, and so he expanded on the premise. The World’s End thusly features Pegg as an immature alcoholic who tries to reunite his grown up friends to finally complete their village pub-crawl. However, after returning home, he finds that not only have the bars become suspiciously similar, so have the people that visit them. Audiences can expect the typically superb action sequences of Wright, the animated leadership of Pegg and the childish bumbling of Frost.
Not only does the movie follow the same motifs as the rest of the trilogy, but also contains a lot of the same actors. The only actors to appear in all three films are Pegg, Frost, Martin Freeman, Rafe Spall, Bill Nighy and Julia Deakin; with Pegg stating that almost everyone in the first two films will be in the third. After continued success in The Office, Sherlock and The Hobbit, expect to see much more of Martin Freeman in The World’s End than in the previous two films combined.
Find showtimes and tickets for The World’s End here, and don’t miss this explosive, thrilling conclusion to the Cornetto trilogy.