Saturday, October 30, 2010

Saturday-Sunday: Shaun of the Dead

How the hell have I not seen this film until now. Shaun of the Dead is one of the first films from Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), and as soon as this film came out it was the zombie comedy that every following zom-com would be graded against. If you don't already know, the plot of the film is pretty much identical to Dawn of the Dead, which I will be seeing tomorrow evening. The zombie apocalypse has hit, and there is only one safe place left on earth: the Winchester pub. From there slacker Shaun and his friend Ed try to get Shaun's family, friends, and ex-girlfriend there as soon as possible.

Wright has always shown a spectacular sense of humor, and the actors he chooses to work with know exactly what to do with the dialogue their given. There really is nobody else who could've made this film the way it is. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are a natural team, and most of the greatest scenes in this film are of the two. The film is occasionally frightening, as usually comes with the zombie genre. It also deals with exactly what it means to be human, albeit in a comedic way. Personally, I'll always have a specific place in my heart for Zombieland, but this is a very close second.


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