Simon Pegg's The World's End is a Veritable August Treat
This late summer release packs a pleasant surprise
Having enthralled U.K audiences and critics alike, it’s time for Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s World’s End to go stateside. The film marks the end of the unusually titled ‘Cornetto Trilogy,’ and sees a few friends return to a town where everything is not quite as it seems.
Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike and Nick Frost at the Hollywood premiere of The World's End
What American audiences might not know – seeing as Pegg has already has a degree of success stateside – is that his partnership with director Edgar Wright and co-star Nick Frost goes way back to the British sitcom, Spaced, which laid the foundations for the Cornetto trilogy: Shaun of The Dead, Hot Fuzz and The World’s End.
“Edgar and I have always been fascinated with the idea of growing older. With Spaced it was about not knowing what to do with the time you’ve been given. In Shaun of the Dead it was about having to grow up very quickly, and in Hot Fuzz it was almost about dumbing down—having to devolve slightly to win the day. In The World’s End it’s about being 40, really. It’s about reaching a point in your life when everything has changed and you’re not who you used to be,” explained Pegg to Wired.
American premiere? White suit - always. Pegg knows
The British critics loved it, but now that the American press have gotten hold of it, its reputation has only soared. Time Out New York say, “Wright still cuts his footage with a youthful vigor, capturing every tapped pint of lager with a snappy hiss, but his players (especially Frost and Pegg) are ready to go darker.”
The dregs of summer has an unwelcome reputation for bad films; movies that couldn’t get into the high summer schedule and are farmed out as Box Office fodder towards the muggier months. Think We’re The Millers. But as a foreign import, World’s End provides an August treat worthy of the hot season. It's out tomorrow, August 23rd.