Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran, Bill Nighy, Jessica Hynes, Penelope Wilton
Directed By: Edgar Wright
Written By: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg
Rating: R (US) Running Time: 1 hr 39 min
Shaun of the Dead is the first movie in the series now dubbed, The Three Favours Cornetto Trilogy*, and for many, this installment is the best. For good reason too, as it’s easily the funniest out of the three movies in my opinion. A fun and dare I say, uniquely English take on the zombie horror genre – I mean come on, what other nationality would consider their local pub the safest place to be during an invasion of the walking dead? Well now that I’m thinking about it, maybe the Scottish, and the Irish. German’s? Probably. Heck, even Americans would probably decide a zombie attack was as good a reason as any for a pint.**
Anyway moving on! The first two acts in this movie are superb. Loads of excellent witty dialog, efficiently setting up the hilarious cast of characters and the situation they’ll be dealing with for the rest of the movie. I loved the parallels made between our daily ‘living’ lives and the beginning of the zombie invasion. Don’t you honestly feel like the undead some days? Mindlessly going through the same routine each and every day – work, sleep, repeat, work, sleep, repeat etc. Is it any wonder Shaun (Simon Pegg) makes the same trip to the local store two days in a row and doesn’t notice the zombie invasion taking place on the second day!
The inventive humor and great jokes come think and fast for most of the movie, and Nick Frost and Simon Pegg are (as usual) hysterical together. The laughs however, do dry up during the last act as we head toward the finish, and the film becomes your basic run of the mill escape the zombies movie. But that’s so forgivable considering all great material here, and if you’re looking for a fresh funny take on the zombie genre, I highly recommend you watch this film.
* Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End. And yes I used the UK English spelling of FLAVOUR! Quite right!
** I’ve noticed during my time here in the US, American’s really need a reason to justify having a proper drink. St. Patrick’s Day, New Year’s Eve, even Cinco De Mayo! It’s never because the sun’s out, or I’m waiting for my laundry, or the day ends in a ‘y’, or why the hell not?!
I’m not a big zombie movie fan, but this film is so worth checking out in my opinion. It should delight fans of the genre as well as people who like a great comedy. This film is rated R due to its bloody content!
Not especially a visual experience, this film can be enjoyed on any device you care to watch it on. It would be best served on a nice big TV with some choice brews from the UK, and good friends! If you can, try to research a local British food store and stock up on your pub snacks to amp up that true public house experience. I’m talking pork scratchings, salted peanuts, maybe Monster Munch but certainly Walkers crisps!***
*** US translation – Crisps = Chips, as in bag of. Chips = steak fries. Spotted dick is a dessert, and not a medical condition. Look it up – it’s an actual thing!
I love it when Shaun and Ed (Nick Frost) are going through the vinyl record collection selecting which albums are okay to throw at two advancing zombies. I personally would have saved the Prince Batman album though!