Director/screenwriter Edgar Wright speaks about his Cornetto Trilogy which began with “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” and concludes with “The World’s End”.
All good things must come to an end, and this weekend, the “Three Flavors Cornetto Trilogy” finally melts with the debut of apocalyptic robo-comedy “The World’s End.” Beginning with 2004’s romantic zombie comedy “Shaun of the Dead” and continuing with 2007’s buddy comedy send-up “Hot Fuzz,” the loose trilogy and the films within are wild, visually stunning homages to very specific genres, all of them directed byEdgar Wright and starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. (Pegg also co-wrote all three.) Wright, Pegg and Frost all return for “The World’s End,” which dramatizes what happens when several childhood friends return to their hometown to find things are different. Like really different (minor plot spoilers ahead).
In “The World’s End,” Pegg plays Gary King, an alcoholic with some grating personality issues, who recruits his old group of friends (including Frost, Eddie Marsan, Martin Freeman and Paddy Considine) to return to their hometown of Newton Haven. It’s there that they encounter an old crush (played by future “Gone Girl”Rosamund Pike) and a horrifying town secret that killer robots have replaced most of the town’s population (they bleed blue ink). The whole thing takes on a kind of “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” or “The Thing” vibe, if everyone in those movies was really drunk and loud and the soundtrack was filled with classic Britpop jams from the late ’80s and early ’90s.
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