It has been nearly 10 years since the release of one of the greatest zombie movies ever made. This film started the infectious zombie craze that still lingers today. I'm taking about Edgar Wright's "Shaun of the Dead" starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. A cult fan boy film from the start "Shaun's" mix of dry British humor and graphic zombie violence has made it's claim as one of the best. Its a romantic comedy with zombies. It's a buddy picture with zombies. It's many things to many people, but above all it's just a fun movie.
Simon Pegg plays Shaun, a regular guy who likes nothing more that to spend time with his friends at the local pub called The Winchester. His best mate is Ed an overweight and crude but harmless schlub who has been friends with Shaun since primary school. Liz is Shaun's way to hot girlfriend who is fed up with there stale and predictable relationship. Shaun also lives with his older and more put together brother who tells him to "Get your shit together!". Shaun works as a supervisor at an electronics store with a bunch of unmotivated chowder heads who don't pay any attention to him or what he has to say. To round out Shaun's circle of people is his kind but spacey mum and cold and stern step father Phillip, played by Bill Nighy.
After a long night of drinking at the
Winchester, Shaun's usual surroundings start
to look a little off. Unknown to him and
Ed it seems that the zombie apocalypse has struck. It's kind of hard to notice these things when
everybody acts like zombies in their everyday lives. Shaun and Ed finally come to the conclusion
that something is not right and hatch a plan to rescue their friends and family
and find a safe place to wait out this annoying apocalypse thing. The premise is simple but extremely well
done. The script is packed with several
memorable one liners and gags that make it fun for multiple viewings.
With their true to life characters and the smart insightful dialogue, filmmaker Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, seem to be channeling Kevin Smith and his debut film "Clerks". Along with 2007's "Hot Fuzz" and 2013's "The World's End" these three film created the "Cornetto Trilogy". A Cornetto being an ice cream cone something like a Drumstick, that appears in each film. If it isn't already obvious "Shaun" is a movie that should be bought and watched regularly.