Zilla and the Comics Junkies

Monday, August 01, 2005

Shaun of the Dead (DVD)

I just recently rented Shaun of the Dead (via Netflix) on the recommendation of a buddy of mine and gotta say i really enjoyed it. It's a seriously funny British zombie flick (what's up w/ the great UK zombie movies?) written by up-and-comers Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright.

Essentially what we have is a prototypical Zombie story (sort of) taking place in London. A blue-collar guy (Shaun) and his skid-mark wastoid pal (Ed) are managing a somewhat dreary existence when their lives are turned upside down by a mysterious Zombie plague. The pair become unwitting heros (i'm using the term "heros" very loosely here and once you see the flik you'll understand why) as they set out to round up the people they care about and scuttle them to shelter somewhere in hopes of waiting out the disaster. The plot isn't all that unique (as a matter of fact it's pretty much the same plot as in 90% of Zombie movies/stories i've seen), but it's not the overarching story that makes this movie, but the implementation.

The cast is solid all-around, and there are some genuinely hilarious moments throughout the film - mostly resulting from snappy and well-written conversation between the various characters (including Shaun's mom, step dad, and ex-girlfriend). As funny as most of the cast turns out to be, Shaun's relationship and interactions w/ his best mate Ed really steal the show (and really are worth the price of admission).

Make no mistake about it, Shaun of the Dead is hilarious all around and it's no surprise that this film has become a bit of a cult classic. I'm not sure what it is but these British comedies always crack me up (think Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, or Human Traffic). This one's going right on the shelf right next to another UK zombie movie i loved (even though it's the polar opposite of Shaun of the Dead) - 28 Days. A.

How does this have anything to do with comics you ask? Well it just so happens that IDW is set to drop a Shaun of the Dead mini (actually the Newsarama article says that it was to come out in June, but i haven't seen it yet). If the mini goes well, the guys who wrote the movie will be writing ongoing issues... and that's where it gets interesting (especially since a comic adaptation of a movie i've already scene really doesn't do it for me). i'm anxious to see/read more of Pegg and Wright's work. Keep it up guys - and give us more Shaun of the Dead - even if the movie wrapped up nicely... the sky may be the limit for the comic.

PS in case you're interested there's a solid website for the movie HERE.

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Criminal, The Goon, Daredevil, Exterminators, Punisher, Hellboy/B.P.R.D (All), Powers, Godland, Usagi Yojimbo, The Walking Dead, Invincible, Conan, Ex Machina, DMZ, Desolation Jones, Fell, 100 Bullets, All-Star Superman, Ultimates 2, Loveless, and Fear Agent.

I'm recently back reading after a 15 year comics hiatus.

Zilla is not my real name.

I'm from Tejas living in VA. I'm married w/ 2 dogs. I'm an IT security consultant cranking the wheel for a big consulting firm in "real" life.

I watch the History Channel, Nat'l Geo, TLC, Mil Channel, ESPN and NFL Network, CourtTV (forensic files, etc.) and the Cartoon Network (love Genndy T's Samurai Jack and Clone Wars Adventures). My taste in movies: Gladiator, Last Samurai, Braveheart, Godfather, Tarantino (whatever), Kung-Fu (whatever), Westerns, Top Gun, Big Lebowski.

I love the outdoors and bs'ing around w/ my dogs.

In addition to being a comics junkie, i'm also a sports junkie especially when it comes to the Texas Longhorns and the Dallas Cowboys.

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