Although I am interested in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and it will likely be the top movie of the weekend, I am much more excited about The World’s End.
For most trilogies, the name of the collection is decided upon before or during the filming of the first movie. However, it wasn’t until halfway through filming of the second movie of the Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy that the producers decided officially to call it that.
In England, Cornetto is an ice cream treat similar to the Drumstick in North America and in the hilarious zombie spoof Shaun of the Dead, the red strawberry flavour was featured, representing the blood and gory elements of that movie.
In action spoof Hot Fuzz, the Cornetto featured was the blue original, signifying the police element in the film. The newest instalment is the alien invasion spoof, The World’s End, which features mint chocolate chip representing aliens and science fiction.
The other constants in the trilogy are the key players—writer-director Edgar Wright (also responsible for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), writer-star Simon Pegg (Star Trek’s new Scotty) and star Nick Park.
It is the story of five childhood friends who, 20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, reunite to attempt it again. Although some are reluctant, it is up to an adolescent 40-year-old to drag them on an ale-filled journey that will ultimately land them at a pub called The World’s End.
However, intoxication will not be the biggest obstacle from reaching their aptly named destination, but rather an alien invasion.
Critics are calling it the most entertaining movie of the year and even better than its predecessors. And even though it is part of a trilogy, each movie has new characters and the stories are not interconnected so you do not have to watch the first two to enjoy the third. However, I highly recommend that you do.
Based upon the first of a six-book series, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones could be the next Twilight or Hunger Games.
Set in contemporary New York City, Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror and daughter of Phil Collins) stars as a young girl whose life is upended when she discovers she is the descendant of a line of Shadowhunters, a secret cadre of young half-angel warriors locked in an ancient battle to protect our world from demons. Although it is unusual for a movie to become a blockbuster this late in the summer movie season, the producers are betting on it as they have already announced a sequel based upon the second book in the series, called City of Ashes.
Horror movie fans will rejoice with the arrival of You’re Next, as it is getting unusually good reviews for a slasher film. When a gang of masked, axe-wielding murderers descend upon the Davison family reunion, the hapless victims seem trapped—until an unlikely guest of the family proves to be the most talented killer of all.