Movie Review: Shaun of the Dead (2004)

by StevenHelmer

A review of the 2004 horror comedy starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost.

Synopsis: After his girlfriend, Liz, breaks up with him, directionless and heartbroken Shaun drinks himself into a stupor and, the next morning, vows to get his life in order and win back Liz's heart. There's just one thing standing in his way, almost the entire town has turned into flesh eating zombies and, along with winning her back, he has to find a way to keep her alive.

Who's In It?

Review

I could have sworn my wife and I watched this movie shortly after it first came out. But, according to her, that did not happen and, when I realized I couldn't remember anything about it, I found myself believing her. So, since we ended up canceling our evening plans anyway, we wound up making a frozen pizza and taking the time to watch it.

At first, I wasn't sure if this was going to be a movie I would enjoy. The film takes a while to get started and, to be honest, watching Shaun's (Pegg) depressing life play out on the screen was less funny and more boring. However, once the film finally got going, I had to admit, it was pretty good.

I think the thing that I really liked about this film was the way Shaun and his friend, Ed (Frost), were slow to let the whole zombie apocalypse thing sink in. This started with them not even noticing it (they thought everyone was drunk) and, after that, gradually trying to figure things out (the part with them throwing records at the zombies was hilarious).

I was also surprised by how well this movie managed to change the overall mood. It remained a comedy. But, there were quite a few suspenseful scenes (especially when they get trapped in the tavern) and even a couple emotional goodbyes. It was honestly not something I was expecting to happen when we started this film.

Another thing I found I liked about this film was the way it would subtly pay tribute to other zombie films, like The Night of the Living Dead. Some of the tributes were easier to spot than others, and I probably missed a couple as a result, but the ones I did notice were pretty good. More films, including comedies, should add Easter eggs like that.

Final Opinion

As I said before, the movie starts off slow. But, once it gets going, it is entertaining until the very end. I do recommend taking the time to watch it if you haven't seen it.

My Grade: A

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Updated: 12/08/2018, StevenHelmer
 
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dustytoes on 12/09/2018

Shaun of the Dead is one of my favorite movies. I especially like the part in the beginning when Shaun is oblivious to the fact that the people around him have turned into zombies.

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