- 02 June 2013
- By John Howell
The end of the world appears to be a popular topic for comedians on both sides of the Atlantic, with not one, but two apocalyptic comedy films heading into theatres this year. The first from the UK is The World's End, the final part of Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright (Director) and Nick Frost's Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy (also referred to as the Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy). Pegg, Wright and Frost's zombie film Shaun of the Dead and the police satire Hot Fuzz were parts 1 and 2 of the trilogy.
20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite after one of them becomes hell bent on finishing the drinking marathon they failed to complete in their youth. Gary King (Simon Pegg) drags his reluctant friends to their home town where they make a second attempt to reach the fabled pub, The World's End. Reaching The World's End turns out to be the least of their worries when they discover they are humanity's only hope of survival. Martin Freeman, most famous for The Hobbit and Love Actually, also stars.
This Is the End is a US film (with lots of US comedians naturally) directed by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen. Rogen, Goldberg, and Jason Stone wrote the screenplay. While attending a party at James Franco's house, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel and many other celebrities are faced with the apocalypse. Interestingly, the celebrities play themselves. That's the only description of the plot I can find, and after watching the trailer, it's probably all they need to keep it all going. If you're a fan of Seth Rogen's other films (such as SuperBad, Pinapple Express and Knocked Up) this one's for you.
James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, Jay Baruchel, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson are the main stars caught in the aftermath of a global apocalypse.
Of the two trailers, I prefer The World's End, but both look worth the price of a movie ticket. If you're a fan of mayhem and destruction at the end of days (and who isn't?), it looks like you'll be well catered for this year. It's also great to compare two different comic approaches to similar material. Both of the trailers suggest an alien force of some description is at work in bringing about the end of everything.
This is the End is due out first 12 June, 2013. The World's End is due out 23 August, 2013
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