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by rick bentley
Simon Pegg takes The World’s End in a new direction.
End of the world movies are a dime a dozen these days but you can’t accuse Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright of jumping on the apocalypse bandwagon. They’ve began kicking around the idea for their latest movie, The World’s End, since 2005.
Their offbeat comedy looks at what happens when five mates reunite after 20 years to drink their way through the 12 pubs in their small hometown, a task they failed to accomplish when they were teens. For Gary King (Pegg), it’s a chance to reclaim the glory days of his youth. The rest are just hoping to keep Gary from doing something stupid and never imagined their task would be complicated by visitors from another world.
“The problem was that we got busy doing other projects,” Wright says. “We eventually got back to the idea. The difference was that we had gotten older and our lives had changed, which ended up informing the movie. There’s a lot of comedy that can come from a group of men pretending to be young slackers.”
The story started with the idea of the pub crawl and a group of friends going home. Just as Wright and Pegg did with the script for Hot Fuzz, they take what appears to be a mundane idea and flip it in a different direction. A buddy movie becomes a sci-fi fracas.
In this case, the film delves into the uneasy feeling in the world since the start of the millennium.
“When we were growing up, science fiction projects were more aspirational,” Pegg points out. “Then the space race died and it made us all feel a little insular.”
The film may look like some blokes drinking their way into a battle with aliens, but if you look closer there’s a serious element about people connecting.
“The science fiction and horror film that we grew up with were rich in metaphor,” Wright says. “We aren’t using the genre as a Trojan Horse to sneak something past the audience. It’s just a good way of getting across what we want to say about relationships, growing older and going home.” — The Fresno Bee/McClatchy-Tribune Information Services
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