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The World's End

posted Sep 8, 2013, 10:21 AM by Vu Nguyen

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Speaking of Scott Pilgrim, I previously mentioned that I saw director Edgar Wright and actors Simon Pegg and Nick Frost at the premier of "Shaun of the Dead," in Minneapolis. I love this little film .…

I've just seen The World's End, the third (and possibly the best) of the so-called Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy. The World's End, released August 23rd in the United States, followed Shaun of the Dead (2004) and Hot Fuzz (2007).

I have fond memories of Shaun of the Dead, because I saw the preview in 2004, along with the creators Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, and Edgar Wright. See crappy photo below as evidence. Shaun of the Dead was a zomedy (zombie/comedy), while Hot Fuzz tried to take on the cop genre. The World's End is a science fiction/comedy, but it particularly works well if you did not know it's sci-fi. As a viewer, the movie is a standard comedy until midway into the film where you're introduced to the robots.

If you didn't know already, Simon Pegg plays Gary King, a 40+ year old man looking to relive his teenage years with four of his best friends. Pegg decides to get the gang back together to finish his "Golden Mile" pub crawl, ending at the World's End pub.

Personally, between you and me, the soundtrack is certainly the best I've heard since Trainspotting. If you grew up in the 90s British music, then you're recognize all the Madchester and Britpop music, including Primal Scream ("Loaded"), Soup Dragons ("I'm Free"), Happy Mondays ("Step On"), Suede ("So Young"), Stone Roses ("Fools Gold"), Teenage Fanclub ("What You Do to Me"). In particular, "Loaded" and "I'm Free" is repeated throughout the movie.

Like I said, I think this is the best and funniest movie from the Frost/Pegg/Wright movie. I'm sad to see the last of their movies together, but I'm happy to see they've ended on such a strong finish. It's better to end well than to have a disappointing ending (such as "Lost" or "Battlestar Galactica" or "Die Hard" or "Indiana Jones", where those ending unmade everything good about the franchise).

Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright at AMC Block E, Minneapolis (08/15/04)