The new collaboration from Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg opens in theaters this weekend. The World's End tells the story of a group of friends who return to their hometown to re-attempt the greatest bar crawl in history, visiting every pub in town in a single night. Everything turns into a disaster as the townsfolk begin acting strangely and the friends realize they might be in the middle of the apocalypse. The World's End is a satire like the other two films in Wright and Penn's loosely connected trilogy of movies, Shaun of the Dead, which parodied the zombie genre, and Hot Fuzz, a send up of action films. This time, the filmmakers poke a little fun at science fiction. Thanks to their genuine love for the movies they skewer, Wright and Penn raise their films to a higher level than most parody films. The addition of a little subtext strengthens their work, making them solid standalone pictures even if you aren't really a fan of the genre's they reference.
If you haven't seen them yet, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz are available through Eisenhower. If you like them, you might also like Spaced, the British sitcom on which Wright and Pegg began to develop their earnest style of satire.