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posted by [personal profile] cathyr19355 at 10:39pm on 19/09/2006 under , ,
Remember my review of the science fiction convention Confluence? Well, while I was at that con, back in late July, I finally got to see a movie my friends had been telling me about for a while--"Shaun of the Dead." Never mind that it's been nearly two months since I've seen it. I'm not yet ready to write about Sword Camp (only a month ago!) and I want to write about this movie before I've completely forgotten it, so heeeeere we go!

Those of my friends (and you know who you are) who urged me to see "Shaun" characterized it as "a romantic comedy, with zombies." That's sort of true, but I think it's misleading. It gives the impression that the emphasis of the film is very different than what it is. "Shaun of the Dead" isn't really a romantic comedy with zombies; it's more like a comic horror film with a secondary romance subplot.

That should have made the movie more fun, for me, since I much prefer comedy to romance, but somehow it didn't. Probably because I found it so easy to imagine someone like Shaun, who's clearly sleepwalking through his life when the story opens, not noticing that his fellow pedestrians are acting like zombies because...they've actually *become* zombies.

Maybe my problem is that I didn't really like any of the characters. Oh, I sympathized with Shaun, all right, just as the filmmakers intended. But I don't think I'm capable of true fellow feeling for a character whose idea of a great time is spending the evening sitting and drinking at the corner bar (all, right, the neighborhood pub; same difference) or playing video games with his roommate Ed, who has to be one of the most repulsive minor characters in recent movie fiction. Liz was *right* to dump Shaun, and probably right to take him back after he proved himself by doing his best, after all those years of going with the flow, to try to lead his little band of friends/loved ones to safety from the zombies. And just when I had worked up some warm fuzzies for the main characters, the movie whisks in a government task force to save our hero, and segues abruptly into a satirical final scene that I found morally revolting. (No, I'm not going to describe it; if you really need to know what I'm talking about, rent it and find out).

[livejournal.com profile] esrblog likes to put down romantic comedies as films about "pretty people behaving stupidly." If you're inclined to accept that definition (and I don't know that I am), it suggests that maybe "Shaun of the Dead" is sort of a romantic comedy after all. Because the best way to describe the movie is "ordinary-looking people behaving stupidly."

Yuck.
Mood:: 'analytical' analytical

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