Written by Jeff Snyder
Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright’s newest film, The World’s End, has a new release date, it would seem. The final film in their “Three Flavours Cornetto” trilogy (which also includes Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) will now be released on August 23rd, 2013 instead of October 25th, 2013, a full two months ahead of schedule. Now, in some cases (or many, many cases) shifting a film to August, historically considered a dumping ground for films, is seen as a sign that the producers have little faith in the film. While I am not certain that this film will be an absolute blockbuster, Pegg and Wright films tend to be large cult films, I believe this film will be a massive success, comparatively.
First things first. I love everything that Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright work on together. Spaced is my favorite TV show. It beats out Doctor Who, Monty Python’s Flying Circus, Modern Family, The Simpsons, Family Guy, The Mighty Boosh, The IT Crowd, Adventure Time, and Game of Thrones. This is the place you really see these two develop their style that would create their films. It doesn’t hurt that Simon Pegg is one of my favorite actors (up there with Bill Murray). This is all helped by the fact that these two are now wiser and more experienced than they were when making the films, which will allow them to avoid some missteps that many have made in the past. The film has also been in the works, in some form, since Hot Fuzz came out, which alleviates the feelings that this film might be rushed. On top of that, both Pegg and Wright haven’t seemed to have lost any of the genuine joy in filmmaking or gleeful geekiness that pervades everything they have ever done. It’s these things that really make their movies so enjoyable for me and it’s a big reason why I have absolute confidence in the final installment of the “Three Flavours Cornetto” trilogy, also known as the “Blood and Ice Cream” trilogy.
For those unfamiliar with the plot of The World’s End, below is the official plot summary:
“20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell-bent 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 home town 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.”