The World’s End: What to Look Out For

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The World’s End premieres tomorrow and we’re super excited. Beer. Cornettos. ALIENS! Such a wonderful combination don’t you think? This film is the final installment in the nerd-culture sensation of the Cornetto Trilogy. (If you don’t know what we’re talking about, click here) Here at N&N headquarters we’ve been patiently waiting, anticipating, and basically acting like a little kid on the Christmas Eve for this movie to arrive in theaters.

Artist: Joel Spiotto

For this most-momentous occasion we’ve come up with a few things to keep your eye out for when you’re watching the movie. Like the other two films (Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz) we expect there will be some ‘little gems’ to watch out for and we’ve made a list of some of them. Note: as we haven’t officially watched The World’s End, this list has been determined from watching the previous two movies as well as the trailers and sneak peeks from the newest film. Some will be very obvious, others not so much. Just keep an eye out for them. 

  • JUMPING THE FENCE
    • This is pretty much a given since it’s already in one of the trailers for the new film. In all of these movies there is a fence jumping scene. Sometimes Pegg’s character nails it, other times he falls gloriously flat on his face. I wonder what will happen this time? Maybe there will be a gate instead…
  • THE MOVIE SUMMED UP IN THE FIRST FEW SCENES
    • Wright is very sneaky for doing this in his films. In Shaun of the Dead, Ed calls the entire movie in his “plan” while they’re sitting at the Winchester. It won’t make sense till the end of the movie when you realize somebody called the entire thing.
  • CHARACTERS USING EVERYDAY OBJECTS AS MIGHTY WEAPONS.
    • We’re fairly sure a stool will be involved but we’re eagar to see what else these cheeky chums use to defeat the aliens.
  • REKINDLED FRIENDSHIP OVER BEER
    • In SOTD, Ed and Shaun’s relationship is of best friends, but best friends where one is carrying more of the responsibilities than the other. The ‘coming of age’ moment at the end of the movie is where Ed basically owns up to everything and speaks his piece.
    • In Hot Fuzz, Nick and Danny weren’t friends at first – in fact they were complete strangers. Nick arrests Danny for a myriad of broken laws, books him, then comes back in the morning to find out that Danny is gone from the cell… and is a member of the police force (not to mention the son of the Police Inspector, Frank Bottom). They start to bond during their time together at work, then more while they’re at the pub.
    • In The World’s End, it’s pretty obvious that Frost’s character is no longer friends with Pegg’s. It will be interesting to see how their friendship is mended… and what caused the rift in the first place. My bet is that it will happen in the pub. 😉
  • LOOK FOR THE VIDEO GAME – THE FRUIT MACHINE
    • Ed is playing this several times during SOTD.
    • It makes another appearance in the pub in Sandford during HF
    • It will probably be hiding in one of the pubs for TWE
  • AWKWARD LOVE
    • Our bet is that there will be a breakup in the beginning. Whether it will be mended by the end or not is a different question.
    • Shaun and Liz have a breakup in the beginning of the film… then get back together at the end.
    • Janine (sneaky cameo by Cate Blanchett) breaks up with Nick at the beginning of the film, right after he’s told that he is being transferred.
  • AT HOME IN THE PUB
    • It’s pretty obvious that this movie is centered around doing a pub crawl, thus being in pubs most of the time isn’t a stretch. However, the pub in Wright’s films has been a place of security. The characters have always been able to be completely honest and forthcoming while at the pubs. They also tend to feel safe inside the walls of their favorite pub.
  • LOTS AND LOTS OF FORESHADOWING
    • Pegg and Wright love to throw in foreshadowing into all of these movies. Our guess is that the pubs’ names are significant to the events that will happen in there.
    • Also, be sure to pay attention to the 5 main characters last names. It is a quest after all.
  • SUBTLE SARCASM
    • It’s a British film, it goes without saying but we’re saying it anyways.
  • AN OLD GUY IN A LONG TRENCH COAT
    • Mr. Treecher, the old guy with the mysteriously out-of-place trench coat has made appearances in both SOTD (on the bus, behind Shaun) and HF. Hopefully he’ll be in this final film as well.
    • Also, look for “Bloody” Mary. 😀
  • CAN I GET YOU ANYTHING FROM THE SHOP” 
    • CORNETTOS!!!! Either some character in the new film will say this exact sentence or you’ll see a few cameos from these delicious ice cream cones, or both. It is the Cornetto Trilogy after all.
  • CAMEOS FROM FAMOUS PEOPLE
    • Wright is a genius when it comes to doing cameos very sneakily. More times than not, celebrities have asked Pegg, Frost, or Wright if they can make an appearance… keep your eyes peeled.
    • Here’s just a few of the cameos from the previous films.
      • SOTD:
        • Chris Martin and Johnny Buckland (both members of Coldplay): supporting a foundation called Zomb-Aid. They also double as zombies during some of the scenes in / around the Winchester.
        • Trisha Goddard: has her own TV series.
        • Mark Gatiss and Julie Davis: radio news reporters.
      • HF:
        • Peter Jackson: He’s the Santa who stabs Angel in the hand. Don’t believe me, rewatch it. It’s him.
        • Cate Blanchett: Janine, the girlfriend in the clean suit. You can’t hide those elven eyes, lady.
        • Joseph Manners: a tearaway school boy.
        • Garth Jennings: a drug dealer.
  • CREEPY TWINS
    • Lots and lots of twins. The creepier, the better.
  • REFERENCES TO OLD SCHOOL MOVIES
    • We’re thinking that there will be a few references to War of the Worlds, E.T. and possibly Aliens.
    • SOTD: Almost every cult zombie movie made a reference.
    • HF: Bad Boys and Point Break. Enough said.
  • ZOMBIE REFERENCE
    • Even though it’s not a zombie flick, zombie references will be made. Hot Fuzz had nothing to do with zombies, yet Danny goes through the movie bin containing a lot of zombie films when he’s at the store.
  • LOTS OF BLOOD, GUTS, AND GORE
    • Yes please. Blue guts and gore this time sir.
  • REOCCURRING CAST
    • Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Julia Deakin, Edgar Wright, Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy, Rafe Spall have been/will be in all of the movies.
    • There will probably be a few extras that will make a return for this movie as well.
  • CRAZY CAR SCENES.
    • Who doesn’t love ridiculous car chases? That’s right. Nobody.
  • DRAMATIC SCENES INVOLVING EVERY DAY LIFE / MUNDANE TASKS.
    • Getting ready for work (SOTD) seems pretty ordinary, right? Not in Wright’s eyes. Cue the dramatic music and epic jump-cut shots.
  • WILL NICK FROST’S CHARACTER REALLY DIE AT THE END?
    • We don’t think so. It’s a reoccurring theme where Frost’s character is presumed dead, but at the end is somehow still alive (or undead).

Hopefully we’ll be spot on with all of these, but since we haven’t watched the movie yet – we’ll see.

Did we miss anything? Leave it in the comments below to let us know. Also, keep an eye out for a Cornetto Trilogy drinking game when The World’s End comes out on DVD. It will be epic. 

 

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