Shaun of the Dead

Shaun of the Dead movie poster

 

For most of it, I thought for sure Shaun of the Dead was a four-starrer, but it lost its way at some point. I’m not sure exactly of the transition point, but I felt that the tone had changed too drastically by the time the characters were trapped in the pub (in other words, I had stopped laughing). Until that point, I was totally loving it, particularly a newscaster’s description of the zombies as “shambolic.” It became a bit nasty and grim (sons blowing their undead mum’s brains out), and then veered back to whimsy at the end. But all that said, it’s remarkable that despite all the humor, satire, and melodrama, it’s still an honest-to-goodness zombie movie.

Did you spot the virtually wordless cameo by Arthur De- I mean, Martin Freeman?

3 thoughts on “Shaun of the Dead”

  1. I’m trying to see through a 30-pound cat to compose this comment, so forgive if I get grammatically wonky. I saw Shaun of the Dead before I saw Hitchhikers, I think, so I missed Freeman. Either that or he’s such an ace at playing Everymen like Dentarthurdent that I totally failed to notice him.

    I guess I agree with your overall analysis. It’s just that, the beginning was so great, I forgave the weaker moments later on. And Rob is such a HUGE zombie fan (no, there are no potential puns there, none at all) that the second half of the movie kept him happy, and rare indeed is any movie that can make that picky son of a mother happy. Fun for the whole family!

  2. Yeah, it’s my not-even-pretending-to-be-objective rating scheme.

    For most of it, I thought for sure Shaun of the Dead was a four-starrer, but I felt it sort of lost its way at some point. I’m not sure exactly of the transition point, but I felt that the tone had changed too drastically by the time the characters were trapped in the pub (in other words, I had stopped laughing). Until that point, I was totally loving it, particularly a newscaster’s description of the zombies as “shambolic.” It became a bit nasty and grim (sons blowing their undead mum’s brains out an’ all), and then veered back to whimsy at the end. But all that said, it’s remarkable that despite all the humor, satire, and melodrama, it’s still an honest-to-goodness zombie movie.

    Did you spot the virtually wordless cameo by Arthur De- I mean, Martin Freeman?

  3. Aw, c’mon! Shaun of the Dead was quality stuff! (You are using a star rating system, aren’t you? Those aren’t just placeholders?)

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