Shaun of the Dead (2004).

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A comedy about zombies, starring Simon Pegg.

Before now, I knew this film more by reputation than anything else. My university’s film society showed this movie at a screening and I knew it was a must-see. OK, so it’s not laugh-a-minute (like Airplane) but it’s still sated with comedy, enough to sustain itself for the entire runtime.

Good mix of acting talent in the fore. Simon Pegg shines as the everyman Shaun who we can all probably identify with (no direction in life, etc.) but when there is a zombie apocalypse, all hell breaks loose and Shaun and his friends must escape.
Before now, I’d never seen this film and only knew it through reputation. I fell in love with the way the everyman Shaun was at first oblivious of the zombie apocalypse and tries to fend the monsters off in a variety of ways.

It’s a perfect blend of horror and comedy which makes its mark. Not quite dystopian, but true enough in a society where people lead meaningless existences – existing, but not living. It’s good to watch a film where the heroes and his sidekicks are just so ‘normal’ they are an everyman – they are just like us.

A super funny film which pays homage to other zombie movies. Well worth a watch.

MY RATING: **** / *****

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