Saturday, October 22, 2011

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Links: TVTropes, Wikipedia, IMDB (8.0).

Jokingly called a "romantic comedy with zombies", or "rom-zom-com", this film is a highly self-aware take on the zombie genre with a large dose of British humour.  The most obvious interpretation of the film is as a commentary on George Romero's "X of the Dead" films: those films had a strong message that when humans lose their compassion for each other, they become no better than the savage zombies that are trying to eat them; but here in Shaun of the Dead, the humans who live in daily rituals, selfishness, and mindless consumerism are just like the zombies... and that's OK (says the film's very tongue-in-cheek "message").  Score: an easy 4 stars out of 4.

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