Shaun of the Dead (2004)

I wrote up a review for this movie, way back in 2005, but the only thing worth salvaging from it is that I coined the term “zomedy” to explain exactly what genre Shaun of the Dead belongs to.  A romantic comedy featuring zombies is a zomedy.  Back in 2004 when Shaun first came out, it was relatively unexplored territory in film.  Sure, there were dozens of zombie movies, but they were all pretty much interchangeable, maybe?  I don’t know, it wasn’t a genre I tended to explore, and to this day, I still don’t really get involved with it.  Sure, I love “The Walking Dead”, the 28 Days movies (minus the Sandra Bullock one), and other assorted post-apocalyptic survival movies, but I never really felt like much was to be gained by exploring that particular genre.

However, if you didn’t already know by now, Shaun of the Dead is not entirely of that genre.  There is so much more to the film than it just being a zombie movie, but without it being a zombie movie well that wouldn’t make any sense at all, would it?  What would the of the Dead part refer to?  That title kinda pigeonholed director and co-writer Edgar Wright and co-writer and star Simon Pegg into the zombie movie genre.  Didn’t really think that through, did you mates?  Okay, look, clearly I’m just making things up right now.  I’ve mentioned before how difficult it is sometimes to write a review about a movie that you love, because all you want to do is type “AWESOME!!! RAD U GUISE SOOO GOOD!” and by now, Shaun is eight years old so if you didn’t know that already you’re either 1) not my audience 2) just came out of a coma or 3) somehow didn’t listen to anyone telling you how great of a movie it was for EIGHT YEARS.

What Wright accomplishes with Shaun is nothing short of extraordinary.  There’s no way that a zombie movie should be so balls-out funny and real as this movie is.  And Feelings, there are so many Feelings throughout the film, genuine real human emotions that people like you and maybe me feel.  The gore is plentiful and appropriate and jaw-dropping, the acting is far better than you should expect out of a zombie movie, and I will put it kilometres ahead of what some people call “real movies” on the enjoyability scale.  LOOK AT ME, JUST MAKING WORDS UP.

Anyways, watch this movie if you haven’t seen it before.  If you have, you know it’s a 5.

5 / 5

About SkoochXC
Long-time blogger, Canadian, cine-snark-aphile, Tweeter and generally lonely hearted guy.

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