Friday, June 1, 2012

Shaun Of The Dead (Edgar Wright, 2004) Review

It's a Romance film. It's a Comedy film. It's a Rom-Com...with Zombies. A Zom-Rom-Com if you will. Shaun Of The Dead is the first film in the Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy of films. This series consists of this film, Hot Fuzz and the soon to be released The Worlds End. No Paul. Paul is not written by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright nor is it directed by Edgar Wright. These details matter!

Shaun's (Simon Pegg) girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield) has dumped him due to his lack of commitment. He decides to turn his life around so that he can win Liz back, build back his relationship with his mother (Penelope Wilton) and also deal with an invasion of the undead. Yes, that's right. It's a zombie apocalypse and Shaun and his flatmate Ed (Nick Frost) have to help their closest friends survive the invasion. They're hide out of choice? The local pub, The Winchester, much to the annoyance of Liz and her friends (Dylan Moran and Lucy Davis).

If the name of the film wasn't an indication, Shaun Of The Dead is a parody of George A. Romero's classic zombie films including the likes of Night Of The Living Dead and Dawn Of The Dead. I may have said parody, but it's more of an affectionate parody. It takes it's time with making it unique without forcing the humour. Don't get me wrong, it's a funny film but it's also touching and heartwarming, especially the climax.

I can't talk about a Simon Pegg/Nick Frost film without talking about the humour. It's British humour so an American audience may not get most of the humour. I don't know, I'm not American. There's always Zombieland instead. There are some very memorable lines and scenes that are often quoted or referenced alot by the general public. It's a very memorable film in general.

Shaun Of The Dead is an excellent twist on the horror genre (although I would guess it's part of the romantic comedy genre) that is memorable but sadly, may not to be everyone's taste. It's a Working Title film which means it gets universal distribution. Whether or not that means it's a cult film in America is beyond me but all I know is that it's very popular over here.

A great zombie film that, while having select 'British-only' humour not everyone will get, still makes for a memorable and hilarious film

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