Film Friday: Shaun of the Dead

Every Friday I will be reviewing a zombie movie! I’ll tell you what I liked and what I didn’t and also try to let you know where you can see these flicks (since some are going to be a little obscure). Today I’d like to start off with one of my very favorite zombie movies, “Shaun of the Dead”.

The summary: Loveable loser Shaun is not having a great life. He works a crap job, his girlfriend just dumped him and his idea of a good time is hanging out with sometimes drug-dealer best friend Ed at a pub called The Winchester. And then one day he wakes up to find that zombies have taken over London. He comes up with a rather half-assed plan to save his Mom, get the girl and change his life. Now if only they had more than crisps at The Winchester…

What I Liked: Um, EVERYTHING. “Shaun of the Dead” takes the awesome genre of zombie horror, adds a healthy handful of humor and rocks my little world to pieces. I love that Shaun is basically living as a zombie before the outbreak. I love that he and Ed try to kill zombies by throwing records at them. I love Shaun’s escalating plans to save his Mum and get his girl back. And I love that there are moments of true emotion mixed in with the hilarity and chaos. The best zombie movies recognize that in the midst of horror (and even humor) there must be pain and sadness. I adore “Shaun of the Dead” and Simon Pegg (who plays Shaun with bumbling and oh-so-very-British perfection).

What I Didn’t Like: Honestly, there is not anyting I didn’t like about this movie. Even the stupid things Shaun and his friends do make perfect sense considering the situation and the characters they are established to be at the beginning of the movie.

If you haven’t seen it (is there anyone who hasn’t seen it??) go out and rent it today! It’s available on DVD, Blu-ray and via Netflix.

Agree with my review? Have anything to add? Comment!!

 

 

  • Michelle Shamasneh

    I totally agree with your review; it’s absolutely dead on (bad pun intended; sorry). One of my favorite things about the movie is how it takes Shaun a while to tell the difference between pre-zombie London and his current zombie-filled world. People staggering down the street, groaning, with glassed-over eyes could just be an indicator that it’s Monday in the working world. Or… they could be zombies. Hard to tell. Definitely a classic zombie movie for those of us who love our scary things with a generous helping of funny.