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Prepare to Get Annihilated: The World's End Trailer

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | May 23, 2013 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Trailers | May 23, 2013 |

Is there really anything clever left to say about this film at this point? (No, there’s not. But by god, I have space to fill, or Dustin will start executing hostages, and I actually like one or two of them). Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Edgar Wright. The only way this film could look better on paper would be if Benedict Cumberbatch ends up with a cameo. And yes, under the perfectly reasonable assumption that Edgar Wright reads my scribblings regularly, that is a suggestion that warrants a week of reshoots if necessary. Put it on my tab.

Here’s the latest trailer, including a few seconds of Edgar Wright at the start, for no particularly compelling reason other than the fact that he wanted to.

I do love how completely against type they have all the actors playing in the film so far, with Frost playing the straight man and Pegg going the wacky route.

Of course if there has to be a criticism, I would express some reservations about the film’s place wrapping up an informal trilogy with Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Both of those films lovingly lambasted the tropes of a particular very specific genre film. This one though has got the whole pod people (albeit with robots as the villains) set up. That’s a much more specific sub-genre of film to target, and not one that has been particularly popular for quite some time. Hell, the last film I can really recall that loosely fits the mold is The Watch, which was also lampooning such films, though atrociously.

But other than that concern, it looks fantastic.

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