Shaun of the Dead
Review by Diana, VagBoy
Director: Edgar Wright
Creators: Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright
Rating: Lambda Shuttle (packs 'em in, fails to deliver without a password)
One of us was all excited to get this movie; he'd been a big fan of the web comic (which the other of us has not been able to locate). So we bought the DVD to check it out. We'd just watched Bubba Hotep even though an idiot recommended it and we had no hope for the film, and it had been good. This movie, which is obviously a comedy take off on Dawn of the Dead, was probably better, right?
We will likely get pelted with rotten tomatoes for this, but the movie was ... eh. It didn't totally suck, but maybe it was TOO campy, TOO many references and homages to other movies, TOO many indy thingies going one. Eventually, we kind of got tired of the fact that Shaun is an underachieving 30-something git who will lie to his mother about how his step-father had "touched him" (she fortunately didn't believe him, because he's a lying prick), lie to his girlfriend about changing his ways and buying her flowers (addressed to "mum") so she doesn't dump him, lie about having a chat with his sponger roommate Ed to get him to pay his way and clean up his act, lie about his life in general. He's a pallid couch potato loser and everyone knows it.
When the city of London starts getting inundated with zombies, Ed's miserable life takes a turn for the better. He tries to save his mother, step-father, Ed, his girlfriend Liz, friends David and Diane by taking to the streets and heading for his favorite pub, smacking zombies in the noggin along the way. Of course, the zombies break in, everyone dies, etc. But he's a hero!
There were great comedic moments, but they were merely moments. We did like the very very ending.
Maybe we don't think tongue-in-cheek homages are really worth releasing as movies. This was a fanfilm, pure and simple, and it is excellent as a fanfilm. As a mainstream movie, it was lackluster and silly. It was okay, but not something I'd recommend people watch if they want to see a good British satire.
The web contains many messageboards filled with the flames of those who found the movie drab and dull vs. hilarious and "genius." Thank goodness this is generally a free country, eh? Then again, there are boards stating they didn't like the movie till subsequent viewings. We're not willing to take the chance ...
One GFFA note: Peter Serafinowicz, who plays Shaun's prick of a roommate, was the voice of Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace ("At last we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi; at last, we will have revenge." and "Grunt! Grrrr!"). Woohoo! Should have released Darth Maul as a zombie for some dandy swinging around of the ol' cricket bat! (Yeah, we know that was Ray Park, but we'll take our GFFA however it comes!)
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