Friday, August 20, 2010

A Movie You Might Have Missed: 21

We head now to a movie that I am continually surprised that people haven't seen ...
21. Shaun of the Dead

Shaun and his best friend are a couple of slackers. A good evening is one that ends at the pub and every evening ends at the pub. Shaun's girlfriend is less than pleased with this lack of initiative, especially after celebrating their third anniversary ... at the pub. She breaks up with Shaun who is so distraught that he doesn't notice all there is a zombie epidemic all around them. This leads to some hilarious scenes, such as when Shaun and his friend first encounter zombies and think they are drunks. Shaun takes the lead in rescuing his mum and ex-girlfriend to take them to the safest place he can think of ... the pub. This truly is a romantic comedy with the original twist being the zombies.

I was anxious to see this from the first moment I heard the premise, yet put it off for fear of the "R" rating (for zombie violence ... yes, that's actually what it says). There is plenty of warning for any such scenes and much of it is so fake that it doesn't matter. The directors are really good at combining our awareness that this is a zombie movie with Shaun's general cluelessness to provide many very funny jump scenes as well.


  1. Have you seen Hot Fuzz? It has the same two leads and is just plain fun. I haven't seen Shaun of the Dead yet (we rented it, and then I came down with a sinus attack and went to bed at 7:30, so Darwin watched it himself), but I'm hoping to remedy that soon.

  2. Ha, Mrs Darwin, I was just popping in here to say the same thing!

    Julie, I just wanted to tell you that I LOVE this series. It's lengthened my Netflix cue considerably!

  3. Oh, I definitely did! And loved it (my review is here).

    Also, if you haven't come across "Spaced" (the TV show that this same team did before Shaun, then go find it ... a real classic!

  4. Elizabeth ... so glad that I am helping shackle you to your television. It always helps to know that we're not alone! :-D

    Imagine my surprise to find that I have about 40 movies total on my list. So we're about halfway though.

  5. One of my favorites, just so enjoyable on multiple levels.

  6. I'm not a zombie-film fan, but I love this film, it cracks me up every time I watch it. I think Pegg has a film in the pipeline about sector 51 and the actor who plays Sue Sylvester in Glee is also in it. No doubt it will be very funny

  7. I hadn't heard of the new movie ... sounds promising!