Shaun of the Dead Review
Written by: Danny Smith
this is yet another film that proves us englishmen make better films than america. simon pegg (hippies, spaced) and nick frost (spaced, danger 50,000 volts) star in this rom-zom-com from the creators of spaced ,it even gets directed by the same guy edgar wright who does a wonderfull job on this film and proves you dont need a huge c.g scene and a big budget to do movies well, easily my favourite zombie film aside form dawn of the dead.
the homages to films, tv music and current (then) events are many and varied. pegg and wright clearly put a lot of thought and enthusiasm into the movie i.e ''any zombies out there?'' ''dont use the z word!'' ''why not'' ''dunno''.
the effects out do its major competitor on release , the dawn of the dead remake. and this out does it in every way possible, the characters are origional in the sense that every one knows a shaun ,hell most reading this probably are a shuan type guy (or gal). and the scene where he loses his mom is damn close to bringing a tear to my eye, though at times he does return to his 'tim' character from the highly acclaimed sitcom spaced. as does nick frost with his character 'mike'.
you dont need to have seen a zombie film before and it does have a happy ending (ahhhh), but there is a twist which leaves it open for a possible sequel (dave of the dead perhaps).
though it falters slightly it doesnt have a half hour of bordem like oh so many films in the genre.
if you love comedy watch it. if you love zombies watch it. if you loved spaced watch it.
its a keeper and a welcome addition to my horror collection. its a proper classic not some lame ass spoof like those national lampoon guys (shudders). good for a luaghwith friends or family completely family freindly with no inappropriate language or behaviour, allthough nick frost comes very close.
rent it.buy it. watch it. and love it.