Shaun of the Dead, Edgar Wright's satirical zombie comedy that is the first film in his famous Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy.
Shaun of the Dead follows Shaun, his friend Ed, and Shaun's girlfriend, Liz, after a zombie outbreak spreads across London. Unlike most zombie movies, director, Edgar Wright, takes a witty and satirical approach by adding a lot of very smart humor into a surprisingly strong zombie narrative. Compared to most comedies, Shaun of the Dead actually has a surprisingly well developed cast of characters, and some elements of the plot are taken seriously at times, but it never forgets the humor. Also, while I am not the biggest zombie fan, after watching becoming a fan of The Walking Dead, my interest in genre has grown quite a lot.
Directed by: Edgar Wright
Genre: Comedy, Zombie, Satire,
Release Date: 24 September 2004
Running Time: 99 minutes
MMPA rating: R
The Good: Loaded with smart and witty humor, Edgar Wright's direction is superb, "Don't Stop Me Now" scene, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are hilarious together, Many memorable jokes and quotes, Effective zombie plot, No crude humor, Parodies zombie tropes, Absolutely perfect ending,
Plot: 8.1/10- For a comedy, Shaun of the Dead's plot is astonishingly smart. The movie starts out by showing the day to day life of Shaun before the outbreak, which works well to establish the characters, yet those scenes are often humorous.
Characterization: 8.7/10- Considering that most comedies have flat characters that are only present to create laughs, Shaun of the Dead's characters are surprisingly likable and the main ones even have character arcs. Shaun is the most developed character, and he is a character that is easy to like.
Action: 7.5/10- As one would expect with a zombie flick, there is some zombie killing action. A lot of the action is played for laughs, which is for the best.
Special effects: 7.9/10- Considering the $6 million dollar budget, the zombie effects look fine for what they need to be.
Humor: 9.4/10- Edgar Wright's brand of humor is British, and therefore, it is dry and witty rather than crude. Since humor is entirely subjective, if you do not like British humor, you will likely not enjoy Shaun of the Dead's comedy.
Very funny: 55%
Mildly Funny: 5%
Not Funny: 5%
Entertainment Value: 9.1/10- Even though the first 15 minutes did not instantly attain my attention, after that, Shaun of the Dead entertained until the end.
Overall: 8.6/10- Overall, Shaun of the Dead is a smart comedy with surprisingly well realized characters and a unique directorial style by Edgar Wright, which results in my favorite zombie flick to date.
Closing comments: Shaun of the Dead's unique style and humor is both its strongest weakest aspect depending on your personal preference of humor. If you are a zombie fan however, you should most definitely give Shaun of the Dead a viewing.
Recommended for: Zombie fans, British humor fans, Simon Pegg fans, Comedy fans,
One last thing, a big thanks go to my best friend Jamie for recommending the movie and convincing me to watch it.
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