Iron Man 3 recently came out, and it will be followed by many more summer blockbusters — e.g., Star Trek Into Darkness, Pacific Rim, After Earth, Man of Steel — but there’s one film that trumps them all in my book: The World’s End, the final film in Edgar Wright’s “Three Flavours Cornetto” trilogy (which began with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz). Synopsis:
In The World’s End, 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 (Simon Pegg), 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 realise 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 previous films in the trilogy were loving send-ups of different genres — zombie movies in Shaun of the Dead, buddy cop action movies in Hot Fuzz — and with The World’s End, Wright et al. are clearly looking to both lampoon and lovingly reference alien invasion movies like Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The World’s End comes out August 23 in the States, and stars Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, and Martin Freeman, to name a few.