What movie was that...?

23 October 2009

Shaun of the Dead

directed by Edgar Wright

So really BC, zombies are metaphors for social plight in so many horror films? What about Shaun of the Dead, then? Well, as Freud would say, sometimes a zombie is just a zombie. While the good doctor may be right, it doesn’t change the fact that not only is Shaun of the Dead one of the funniest movies of the past half decade, it is also one of the best zombie films of all time. Simon Pegg is Shaun, mid twenties retail loser whose life consists of going down to the pub with his screw up buddy (a side-splitting Nick Frost) and his girlfriend. She has had enough before the film even begins, as the opening sequence reveals her ultimatum: shape up or ship out. After a failed attempt to coordinate a romantic evening, the freshly dumped Shaun wakes up from a breakup bender with a new problem, how to defend himself against a hoard of zombies. Armed with a bat and a desire for a pint, Shaun sets out to rescue the ones he loves and secure them all inside the local pub. Like the action classic Die Hard, the beauty of Shaun of the Dead is that it simultaneously makes fun of a genre while proving itself to be an indispensable addition to that very same genre.

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