August 22, 2013

Movie Review: The wacky Brits are baaaack in 'World's End'

Pegg, Wright, Frost, et al join forces again, and this time it's safe to expect 'The World's End.'

By GINA MCINTYRE McClatchy Newspapers

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Nick Frost, Eddie Marsan, Simon Pegg, Paddy Considine and Martin Freeman, five friends reuniting for an epic pub crawl, are in for an alien surprise in “The World’s End.”

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Director Edgar Wright positions Martin Freeman during shooting of a scene for “The World’s End.


"THE WORLD'S END," starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Martin Freeman. Directed by Edgar Wright. Rated R for pervasive language including sexual references. Running time: 1:49

"We always write these films that are too ambitious for the money we've got and the time we've got, so the only way to get through them is to come to work absolutely prepped," Wright said, before turning to his colleagues to offer kind words. "What is the most extraordinary thing about Simon and Nick -- cover your ears, I'm going to compliment you -- is they make it look so naturalistic."

Pegg, ears covered, shouted, "Speak up!"

Although the new film marks the end of an important chapter in their careers, Wright, Pegg and Frost aren't quite ready to cry into their pint glasses just yet, yearning for days gone by. The trio say they will work together again, though each has found success in his own right.

Pegg has starred in J.J. Abrams' two "Star Trek" films as Scotty, and he appeared opposite Tom Cruise in "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol"; he and Frost worked with Steven Spielberg on the performance capture film "The Adventures of Tintin."

Frost, solo, has kept busy with other roles in television and films, including the English indie "Attack the Block," last summer's big-budget adventure "Snow White and the Huntsman" and the animated movie "Ice Age: Continental Drift."

Together, they wrote and starred in the 2011 road-trip comedy "Paul" based on an actual drive across the U.S. the pair completed in their 20s; they did not, however, encounter a pot-smoking alien. That part was fictionalized.

Wright, meanwhile, made "Scott Pilgrim vs. the World," a 2010 adaptation of the Bryan Lee O'Malley graphic novel starring Michael Cera, which flopped during its original run but has since become a cult favorite. (The film is screened regularly at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles, where Wright sometimes curates special events, including a series he assembled that showcases some of his "World's End" influences.)

Wright's next project will see him graduate to superhero filmmaking ranks with Marvel's "Ant-Man," due out in 2015. Although the movie has yet to be cast, Frost insists he will star.

"We've tried to announce this so many times over the last couple of weeks," Pegg said, mock frustration tugging at the corners of his smile.

"Costume hasn't phoned me, though, which is odd," Frost joked. "There will be the thorax, the mandibles.

"Edgar, how are we doing the mandibles?"


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