Shaun of The Dead Review
Written by: LivingDeadDoll
This is one movie that will forever be in my heart. The story surrounds Shaun and Ed, BFF's to the Nth degree. We all have that friend, that one who knows exactly what you're thinking, and what you're gonna say.
After a hard day at work dealing with idiotic teenaged flunkies, a pissed off flatmate, an even more pissed off girlfriend, and a long overdue visit to mum's, Shaun has a bit on his hands. What better way to deal with it than a right royal piss-up at the pub with his best mate, Ed. Next day, turns out the world has gone a bit awry (to say the least), the newly dead have risen and decided that it's time for a nosh. What difference does it make to the rest of town? Not a bit. So when Shaun and Ed finally realize that the dead have indeed risen, it's time to take matters in hand.
Well, matters will be taken in hand after we've picked up the girlfriend that just dumped us and the mum that we didn't bring flowers to, the step-dad that we wished would just die (oh shit, he just died), so where to go to collect our thoughts? Of course. The pub. And we thought that this was gonna be a problem.
Being an American, I'm a bit jealous of the Brits, there's a pub on every corner, or so it seems. When Shaun and Ed head to the pub, they have mum, the ex, her flatmate, and her prat of a boyfriend in tow. But at least they're alive, there are peanuts, beer, and a jukebox. Weaponry is well supplied, and if they can keep from killing each other for all their personal arguments, the zombies are a secondary issue.
Oh yes, the zombies. Fantastic work on makeup, great visceral shots, Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright are true fans of the genre, and it shows throughout the movie. There are tributes to the Evil Dead franchise, to Romero's work, they are faithful at pretty much every stage of the game. The zombies don't run. The potential survivors have their strenghs, and weaknesses, and I couldn't help but feel something for every one of them. This movie is nothing but fun.