I'd call it something of a coup that 'The World's End' - sloppy drunk though its plotting may be - so well captures the melancholy essence of men accepting, with varying success, that somehow they got old. Even though Gary King (Simon Pegg) refuses to grow up, he's caught in an early-90s time warp, still listening to mixed tapes of Soup Dragons and Stone Roses and still thinks about his high school guidance counselor. When he spies a gaggle of young punks in his quiet hometown of Letchworth he sees them as a natural threat to his entire way of life.
While subtext, this emotional material "works" in 'The World's End,' mostly due to Pegg's striking performance - a dark turn from him that mixes the sad, antic clown of early Bill Murray with a dash of genuine self-destructive menace. Also, and this is a compliment, the character drama refuses to take a back seat to the lunacy driving the plot.
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are serious blokes. Their new movie, 'The World's End,' acts as the finale of the informal "Cornetto" trilogy and once again partners the 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz' pair with director Edgar Wright. And while it's a comedy in the vein of those two films, it's tackling material that's significantly more mature than anything they have done before. Alcoholism, drug addiction, the deadliness of adult immaturity, all baked into the mold of a '70s sci-fi allegory — 'The World's End' walks a tightrope between poking fun and bathing in misery. The combination is exhilarating.
That's the appeal to Pegg, who co-wrote the film with Wright, and Frost, who had a great deal of say when it came to the film's evolution. In person, the duo bounce just as quickly between introspection and cracking wise as 'The World's End.' They're not in the business of cheap laughs. They make films and they're considerate of the artistic potential. Even a movie with killer robots can say something, and they're eager to say it.
I sat down with Pegg and Frost to talk 'The World's End,' why the movie has been floating around since 'Hot Fuzz' hit theaters, what they felt they owed fans years later, and why it might be awhile until we see them together again. No, there won't be anymore 'Spaced' (but they aren't afraid of speculating what happened to their TV counterparts).
Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Edgar Wright reunited once again on the famed Hall H stage to kick off Friday's Comic-Con 2013 festivities with a panel presentation for 'The World's End.' Not only does the title fit well within the film's apocalyptic depictions, but it also marks the end of the trio's Cornetto trilogy (the first installments being 'Shaun of the Dead' and 'Hot Fuzz'). So what new bits did these funnymen have in store for us?
Though it seems that Peter Jackson doesn't appear in 'The World's End' as he did in 'Hot Fuzz' -- he must have been a little too busy with those 'Hobbit' movies -- he's still friendly with director Edgar Wright, and stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (they did all work on 'Tintin' together). For the release of 'The World's End' Jackson has sat down with the three to have a chat about the movie.
Just the other day, we told you about an exciting 'The World's End' Comic-Con 2013 promotion that would allow some lucky readers to see an advanced screening of the film with Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in tow. It was all part of a virtual bar crawl that would take you through some of your favorite movie blogs on a 'World's End' scavenger hunt. Well, we've got the latest piece of the puzzle for you! An exclusive bar sign for (ahem), The Famous Cock.
The apocalypse is all the rage at the multiplexes right now - from the end of days depicted in 'This is The End' to the zombie menace erupting in 'World War Z', we just can't escape the Earth's extinction. (And that's not mentioning the unthinkable destruction seen in 'Man of Steel'.) But, if we're all really going to get wiped out, it might as well be in the most amusing way possible - that's where Edgar Wright's 'The World's End' comes in.