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Movie Review: Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Three people weilding weapons surrounded by zombies.Summary:
Shaun is a 20-something loser with a dead-end job and a girlfriend who he only ever takes out to the local pub.  She dumps him on the eve of a zombie outbreak.  Shaun drags his job-less roommate through the streets, battling zombies in an attempt to save his mother and restore his relationship with Liz.

I couldn’t watch this movie and not compare it to Zombieland, which I watched last summer.  I honestly think that anyone wanting to compare US culture to UK culture should just watch these two films.  Shaun of the Dead takes an everyman who wants desperately to save people, but his only weapon is a cricket bat (btw, those things look like such a pussy weapon).  Shaun stumbles about the city with his line of relatives, friends, and frenemies, and they all make witty asides to each other while maintaining some sense of propriety when battling the zombies.  It’s wonderfully funny to watch, but not a point of view I, as an American, would imagine at all for a zombie apocalypse.  My pov lines up much more with Zombieland where the characters swipe trucks and double-tap the zombies with guns.  However, that’s what made Shaun of the Dead such a delightful watch, because it was a character study on top of the fun zombie scenes.  There were some jokes that fell flat for me, and I wasn’t too keen on the ending, but I know some people will enjoy the ending for precisely the reasons I disliked it.  However, Shaun of the Dead was still a delightful watch, and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys humorous apocalypse or zombie tales.

4 out of 5 stars

Source: Netflix

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  1. May 18, 2010 at 10:50 am

    I love this movie! Have you seen Hot Fuzz? It has the same guys in it, and it’s absolutely hilarious.

    • May 18, 2010 at 3:08 pm

      To tell the truth, I tried watching Hot Fuzz once upon a time and gave up half an hour in. I didn’t think it was funny and couldn’t understand half of what people were saying anyway. Maybe I’m better at understanding British accents now, though. I’m willing to give it another go. 😉

  2. May 18, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Haha, this is one of my all-time favorite movies. It´s exactly the British sense of humour that I enjoyed about it (not that I don´t like US culture any less :)).

    I second Hot Fuzz, it spoofs the action genre and is equally fantastic.

    I´ll look out for Zombieland, sounds great, too.

    • May 18, 2010 at 3:09 pm

      I usually don’t get the British sense of humor, but in this case it worked for me. I think I liked the contrast of the stiff-upper-lip Britishism with the zombie situation.

      Do check out Zombieland! It’s awesome!

  3. May 19, 2010 at 2:24 am

    I don’t think this is how anyone would picture a zombie apocolypse, its all very tonger and cheek which us Brits love lol. However I’m not actually a huge fan of this film. I found it rather disconcerting how close together you would have a joke then have someone having their stomach ripped open!

    • May 19, 2010 at 7:39 am

      “Tongue in cheek” that’s the phrase I was looking for!

      Yeah, even I, the lover of all things gruesome, found the intestines eating scene a bit disconcerting.

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