The World's End
Directed by: Edgar Wright Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman Rating: Not Yet Rated Release Date: August 23, 2013
Trailer Score: 8/10
Thoughts by TSR: I paused this trailer almost immediately after opening it. The one second that played was enough to hear the first note of Primal Scream's "Loaded," and it instantly put me in a good place. Things obviously could have fallen apart once, you know, the trailer actually started, but luckily the energy stayed high throughout these fun 103 seconds. Even before "Loaded," I was pretty much on board with this film. Edgar Wright has a perfect batting average – Hot Fuzz, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, and Shaun of the Dead are essentially 1a, 1b, and 1c, respectively – so of course the final film in The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy is something to be excited about. While full of amusing stuff, the trailer doesn't have a ton of laugh out loud moments. Still, just hanging out with these actors is enough.
To that point, I would be perfectly happy if this film didn't include any of the alien stuff. All that looks good, and I love the idea of Wright doing sci-fi, but a film with Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Paddy Considine, and Eddie Marsan just getting increasingly drunk sounds delightful. Judging from Pegg's final line – "Let's finish our drinks," excellent idea – the film will likely provide some of that in between the quintet running from aliens. After Shaun and Hot Fuzz, I fully trust Wright, Pegg, and Frost to deliver another fantastic, hilarious take on a specific genre/sub-genre. After most of the big boys have already hit theaters, The World's End could be a perfect way to end the summer.