The World’s End: In Hope of a Happy Ending
As an ex-wannabe perma-slacker (and thus, mandatory Spaced-fanboy), I have been looking forward to the final film in the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy pretty much from the moment the credits rolled on Hot Fuzz back in 2007.
I even plugged Simon Pegg for details on the final chapter in an otherwise excruciating interview for amazon.co.uk about six years ago. (And, yes, I still shudder at the memory of this encounter.)
The good news is that the wait is soon to be over. After what has amounted to a nine month social media fluffing exercise by Pegg, Frost & Wright, the trailer was finally released on Thursday.
And here it is.
Perhaps I'm just getting on a bit but I can't pretend that I'm as excited as I was before I saw the trailer.
I should stress that I have no desire for this film to be anything other than the motherlode of a perfect third act. In fact I probably want this film to be brilliantly entertaining more than anyone else. (Except perhaps for the writers, producers, cast, crew and their families & friends.)
I don't want to overdo it. It's a trilogy, so of course there needs to be an echo of the original plots. It's directed by Edgar Wright, so of course there's going to be a stylistic signature. It's comedy that has always been intrinsically referential - reverentially so. And it's only the first trailer after all.
But I keep coming back to a pit-of-stomach anxiety that it's a just a little bit too familiar. Maybe it's the ever-so-slightly-tired call-back to the through-the-fence-gag. Or maybe it's the fact that The Rock thinks that gag is classic.
@simonpegg Great trailer buddy! The entire fence collapsing at the end is classic. Can't wait to see this! Look forward to hooking up soon.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) May 8, 2013
Or maybe I should just lighten up, have a Cornetto and get back to looking forward to The World's End.