Movie Review: Shaun of the Dead

First things first:
Guy named Shaun uses a cricket bat as his primary weapon. How can I NOT like that?Okay, so, I’m not too good at movie reviews, so this is weak, but…
It’s a GREAT movie. Go see it!
Basic plot: Shaun and friend Ed are slackers. World goes to shit. They go on mission to save the ones they love and beat zombies with blunt objects (such as, the aforementioned cricket bat). They’re from London. Everything is funnier with a south London accent.
It’s carried off in that British deadpan humor that gets all the more muted as situations become all the more absurd, the same inverse function that makes Monty Python movies so great. So while there are zombies trying to break in their back door, their thought is to watch TV and drink tea. Most of the movie’s comedy is built around this, combined with the actor who plays Shaun having the same sort of facial expressions as Rowan Atkinson and lots of funny one-liners. It not-so-subtly takes a broadside at the zombified existence of modern life (Because every zombie movie is, at heart, social commentary). And there’s a secondary character who, I think, was every shot at Hugh Grant and Harry Potter that could be taken, rolled up in to one doomed, doomed man, as cursed as an ensign on the Enterprise. That’s about all I can think of, for now.

3 Responses to “Movie Review: Shaun of the Dead”

I had the pleasure of seeing a preview for this movie, and have been dying to see it.

Glad to know that it’s good in the viewing as well as the pre-viewing. 😀

Paradoxdruid - September 26th, 2004 at 12:25 am

Wow. Before reading this review and one other (I’m a CNN entertainment news junkie), I had no desire to see this movie. Now I’m feeling a little bit drawn to it. 🙂

ShortSpeedFreak - September 29th, 2004 at 9:09 pm

Finally saw it last night… Overall, I liked it. Unfortunatel,y just like League of “quite special” Men, the volume was messed up (i.e. BLASTING LOUD!), which made some of the argments a little painful.

More romance and less humor than I was expecting, and the ending was kind of flat.

But- some hilarious moments. The morning after all hell breaks loose, and Shaun is just carrying on his day to day life is totally priceless.

Conversely, the people I saw it with hated it– I guess my movie taste is just low-brow.

Paradoxdruid - October 1st, 2004 at 12:38 pm

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