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Empire's World's End Trailer Breakdown
The in-depth skinny on Wright, Pegg and Frost's third lick of the Cornetto

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How's this for several slices of fried gold? The teaser trailer for Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg's The World's End, the third and final part of their Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy, dropped onto the internet this morning with the explosive force of a well-hurled pack of pig snacks. It sheds much light on the movie, which sees Pegg, Nick Frost, Paddy Considine, Martin Freeman and Eddie Marsan play five childhood friends who reunite after 20 years to take on an infamous pub crawl, only to find that it puts them right in the middle of what seems to be an extra-terrestrial, and very apocalyptic, assault on mankind. Can the old friends keep their foamy heads, and make it to the final pub, The World's End, before the world ends?

And, as you might expect, we've scoured the trailer, frame-by-frame, looking for interesting insights, clues, and easter eggs. So, without any further ado, we present to you our World's End trailer breakdown. But be careful – spoilers, and wild speculation, lurk within, so don't read on if you want to remain unsullied come July 19th...

WORDS CHRIS HEWITT
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The World's End trailer

“Ever had one of those nights that starts out like any other?” asks Simon Pegg's Gary King over idealised, flickering, home video-style shots of the young Gary - clad entirely in black, like the prince of the Goth rebels - and his four mates, Ollie, Andy, Steven and Peter, playing Knock Down Ginger, "but ends up being the best night of your life? I did."

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1 RE: Same again...
L: BelfastBoy L: waltham1979 L: BelfastBoy Mmm, the trailer's only released this morning, and Empire already has a 36 page breakdown active - quick work or advanced knowledge? I'm assuming the writer has already seen the actual film, based on the subtle (and not-so-subtle) hints throughout. I hate myself for writing this, but if I don't, someone else will anyway. I hope the film is eventually reviewed by someone with more objectivity, rather than a Wright/Pegg fanboy/girl - I don't need to name names here. On the face of it, the new film does seem somewhat similar structurally to previous outings, and I think my enjoyment of it will depend on whether or not I enjoy the inevitable homaging of whatever genre it ends up being - what is it this time, Cloverfield, Body Snatchers, something like that? The novelty, or the angle, with the Three Cornettos films, seems to be little more than crossing the homaged genres with small-town England, and pubs in particuMore

Posted by waltham1979 on Wednesday June 5, 2013, 16:32

2 Mermaid
The scene with the sultry dancers at the school disco is in The Mermaid. How do I know? I was THERE! Pegg called me a lovely dancer :) More

Posted by pexxxy1 on Saturday May 11, 2013, 15:46

3 RE: Same again...
L: waltham1979 L: BelfastBoy Mmm, the trailer's only released this morning, and Empire already has a 36 page breakdown active - quick work or advanced knowledge? I'm assuming the writer has already seen the actual film, based on the subtle (and not-so-subtle) hints throughout. I hate myself for writing this, but if I don't, someone else will anyway. I hope the film is eventually reviewed by someone with more objectivity, rather than a Wright/Pegg fanboy/girl - I don't need to name names here. On the face of it, the new film does seem somewhat similar structurally to previous outings, and I think my enjoyment of it will depend on whether or not I enjoy the inevitable homaging of whatever genre it ends up being - what is it this time, Cloverfield, Body Snatchers, something like that? The novelty, or the angle, with the Three Cornettos films, seems to be little more than crossing the homaged genres with small-town England, and pubs in particular. But, hope I don't More

Posted by BelfastBoy on Friday May 10, 2013, 10:51

4 RE: Same again...
L: BelfastBoy Mmm, the trailer's only released this morning, and Empire already has a 36 page breakdown active - quick work or advanced knowledge? I'm assuming the writer has already seen the actual film, based on the subtle (and not-so-subtle) hints throughout. I hate myself for writing this, but if I don't, someone else will anyway. I hope the film is eventually reviewed by someone with more objectivity, rather than a Wright/Pegg fanboy/girl - I don't need to name names here. On the face of it, the new film does seem somewhat similar structurally to previous outings, and I think my enjoyment of it will depend on whether or not I enjoy the inevitable homaging of whatever genre it ends up being - what is it this time, Cloverfield, Body Snatchers, something like that? The novelty, or the angle, with the Three Cornettos films, seems to be little more than crossing the homaged genres with small-town England, and pubs in particular. But, hope I don't sound too negative. I'm More

Posted by waltham1979 on Friday May 10, 2013, 01:29

5 Cornetto
It's like hundreds of Peter MacNicol's from Ghostbusters 2 running straight out from Dana Barrets hallway onto the set of Hot Fuzz!! *pushes geek glasses further onto nose* STILL looks frickin amazing and good to see a British film with British actors being disgracefully British and awesome! More

Posted by waltham1979 on Friday May 10, 2013, 01:28

6
Empire ought to do a feature on which movies we should watch before going to see World's End... I enjoy the gags more if I know what films they're paying tribute to. More

Posted by akfreshtracks on Thursday May 9, 2013, 20:56

7 doppelganger.
anyone else think the king's head looks an awful lot like michael sheen? More

Posted by ooo_ari on Wednesday May 8, 2013, 18:22

8 RE: Same again...
Mmm, the trailer's only released this morning, and Empire already has a 36 page breakdown active - quick work or advanced knowledge? I'm assuming the writer has already seen the actual film, based on the subtle (and not-so-subtle) hints throughout. I hate myself for writing this, but if I don't, someone else will anyway. I hope the film is eventually reviewed by someone with more objectivity, rather than a Wright/Pegg fanboy/girl - I don't need to name names here. On the face of it, the new film does seem somewhat similar structurally to previous outings, and I think my enjoyment of it will depend on whether or not I enjoy the inevitable homaging of whatever genre it ends up being - what is it this time, Cloverfield, Body Snatchers, something like that? The novelty, or the angle, with the Three Cornettos films, seems to be little more than crossing the homaged genres with small-town England, and pubs in particular. But, hope I don't sound too negative. I'm not a huge fan of ShaunMore

Posted by BelfastBoy on Wednesday May 8, 2013, 16:57

9 Same again...
Group o laddy mates, a central pub theme, a sudden sci-fi burst, a little of a blonde woman who looks a bit cross, fights and special effects. Hmmm. Sounds a bit familiar. Think I may have already seen this film, by them, twice before. More

Posted by badey on Wednesday May 8, 2013, 14:45

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