Shaun of the Dead
Comedy (Zombie, Horror)
Running Time: 99 minutes
Starring: Simon Pegg, Kate Ashfield, Nick Frost, Bill Nighy
Directed By: Edgar Wright
Rating: 9 out of 10
A reluctant leader takes charge and tries to lead a small group of people to safety during a zombie apocalypse.
I hate calling a movie brilliant but this movie is F-ing brilliant. It created a genre affectionately known as Zom-Com and helped rocket zombies into mainstream conversations. I am sure one of my readers will credit some movie prior to this that invented Zom-Com, or mention George A. Romero in some way but ease up zombie nerds I am not that well versed. Shaun of the Dead is the story of a man named Shaun. He lives in England and it follows how he and small group of people try to survive a zombie apocalypse that has broken out on the island.
This film has hilarious dialogue, it has hilarious situations, it is hilarious in it’s subtly, it is just hilarious. The film opens up and we are introduced to the two key characters being Shaun and his best friend Ed. They may be adults but they are children at heart. Their relationship is what makes this film so funny. They play video games, drink obsessively, and generally just like to party to the detriment to their personal relationships. The film is a slow build up of a zombie apocalypse. Shaun thinks he sees a homeless guy eating a bird, there are troubling news updates of an epidemic, and there are even zombies stumbling along in the background. While all this is happening, Shaun and Ed go about their lives oblivious to the lurking horror. When the zombie outbreak finally hits its zenith, the film somehow gets even better. Shaun and Ed attack the zombie hordes with an amateurish fervor. They use a wide variety of household items to try and kill the zombie menace. Records, ashtrays, paper towel holders, and a cricket bat are all used to bash in zombie craniums. The film alternates from bloody sequences to laugh out loud scenarios for the entire film.
Shaun is played by Simon Pegg and Ed is played by Nick Frost. The two of them are genius together as man-children. You will either be able to really connect with their personalities or at the very least find them entertaining. They always are able to provide a laugh even though there are people dying all around them. They sing songs while zombies groan in the background, they drive like maniacs when slow and steady would work just as well, and they drink when they should have clear heads. They would die in the first two minutes of a real zombie apocalypse but in this you are pulling for them to survive.
Now the film probably would have been boring (not really) if it was just Shaun and Ed acting like idiots, so Shaun becomes a reluctant leader of a small group of people. He tries to save his parents and his on and off again girlfriend as he leads them across the city to safety. They face many hardships like tall fences and internal bickering, not to mention zombies at every turn. Will they survive? That is a question I hope you will get the answer to by watching this fantastic film. It has some gory scenes of blood and death but it is worth it (if that is not your cup of tea) for the jokes and an unlikely soundtrack that involves the band Queen.
Director Edgar Wright’s first feature film is a huge achievement. It has a tiny budget (4 million est.) but maximum payoff. The zombie’s makeup is good if not excellent and the seamless mix of humor and blood is perfect. The film never is slow and it just keeps getting better and better. Wright had a vision and delivered one of the best zombie movies ever. This truly is a great film and I watch it once every couple of years.
I give this movie a huge recommendation and not just to zombie lovers. All I can say is check this shit out.
T Factor + If you like zombie movies then this could score higher on the rating scale.
T Factor – If you do not like zombie movies then this could score lower on the rating scale.