Those who are unfamiliar with “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz” might find it confusing that stories about a zombie apocalypse and stupid cops could form a trilogy with “The World’s End,” which revolves around a legendary pub crawl between life-long friends who became estranged.
How they make it into a trilogy is that all of the films have the same director Edgar Wright, are all co-written by Wright and Simon Pegg, and all have Pegg and Nick Frost in starring roles. The films portray different stories, with different characters and even different genres, but the director and stars consider them to be linked.
Watch the video below to see how they tie them all together:
This recently released featurette goes on to explain how each of these three movies are linked by tone, humor and a love of movies and ice cream. The themes of maturity, friendship and comedic pitch are central to all of these three films. The video has some new footage as well as many behind the scenes moments with the cast and explains to us in the U.S. what a Cornetto is (basically it’s similar to a Nestle Drumstick). Wright makes it clear that this is the end of his trilogy and there are many cameos and nods to the previous films.
“The World’s End” follows five estranged friends 20 years after they have failed to complete an infamous pub crawl. When they go back to their hometown, they realize they are getting much more than they’ve bargained as the town has been filled with killer alien robots — that want to hunt them down and annihilate them. The cast consists of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan, Rosamund Pike and David Bradley.
Even though fans in the UK will have a chance to watch and enjoy the film on July 19 — nearly a month before the U.S. — we will all be laughing soon as the film looks to inhabit the same ridiculous and fun genre meshing that we are used to.
So are you looking forward to seeing the film and do you consider yourself a fan of the previous two installments in the “Cornetto Trilogy?” Leave a comment and let us know.
“The World’s End” opens in the U.S. on Aug. 23. It is rated R for pervasive language including sexual references.
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