This film has been heavily reccomended to me, and while I'm not a huge fan of zombie films, I do really like Edgar Wright. I have really liked all of his other (widely-released) films, so I ended up giving this one a watch. While I do think that this film is better than most zombie films, I still don't think it's great, but it is kept alive by Wright's humor and skill.
There are elements of the film's writing that really worked, and some that didn't work as well for me. The zombie element has some things that are left unexplained with it, but I can be overcritical of the genre sometimes. The plot involving the relationship between Shaun and Liz was pretty clichéd, in my opinion, more so than most of Wright's other films. I will say, however, that the plot featuring the relationship between Shaun and Ed is the best part of the film. The chemistry between Pegg and Frost is as great as always, and this provides the funniest and most heartfelt moments in the film. I also liked the plot about Shaun and his mother and stepfather, which added a lot of emotion to the film.
It is also undeniable that the film is well-made. The cinematography is really great with fluid tracking shots and interesting, meataphorical camerawork. There was some great usage of focus to shift the focus of the shot from the foreground to the backround as dialogue occured. The editing of the film was also as great as is usual for Wright's films, especially the editing of news clips to tell a story.
So overall, "Shaun of the Dead" is an enjoyable and well-made zombie film, but it isn't amazing. If you enjoy the humor in Edgar Wright's other films, you are sure to enjoy this one.
Shaun of the Dead
Big Tuna's Rating: B
How Did I Watch It?: Digital rental.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably.
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