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Electric_blues (electric_review) wrote,
@ 2005-01-18 23:08:00
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    Shaun of the Dead (2004)
    How do you even begin to review a romantic comedy with zombies? Well, since I never do a "critical" review, I guess the best way is the way I usually do it.

    After a nice musical nod to the original Romero classic "Dawn of the Dead", we're plunged into the world of Shaun, a man trapped in a dead-end job with a dead-end life, a best friend whose going nowhere, a relationship that's on the rocks and if that's not bad enough, the bodies of the recently deceased are returning to life and attacking the living. Of course, the last part is barely noticed by Shaun and most of the people in his life as they focus more on their own lives.

    A bitingly satirical look at the state of man himself, Shaun of the Dead stands out as one of those rare films that makes dark comedy work. It does tend to get heavy at points, but there are still plenty of laughs to be had. It's not exactly a "silly" film. If you're looking for a spoof of zombie films in the "Airplane" style, you'll be disappointed. The characters are real, their situations believable, aside from the zombie parts and it's treated soberly with a lot of tongue-in-cheek. Truly a great film, probably deeper than most people will see but I'll let you figure that out for yourself. 8.5/10


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