Recent Film Reviews
Old Film Reviews

The new album from Al Rose. Available at CD Baby,  iTunes and Amazon.

If you like the cut of our jib over here at The Moving World, please consider kicking a little something our way.

Journal Archive
« Nelly | Main | Hero »

Shaun of the Dead  

This is an instant classic!   The title is a play on Romero’s classic zombie film “Dawn of the Dead”.   It’s a British comedy (the best kind) concerning a bloke named Shaun (Simon Pegg) who at first can’t be bothered to notice that his London neighborhood has been overrun by zombies, seeing as how he’s on the outs with his girlfriend Liz, but then rallies with his slacker buddy Ed (Nick Frost) to lead a motley crew (which includes Liz and Shaun’s mum) in a stand against the undead.  

I heard a radio interview with the filmmakers (Pegg was co-writer along with director Edgar Wright) in which they spoke of being influenced by Mike Leigh, the director of all those great social realist dramas of everyday life (“Secrets and Lies”, “Naked”).   They said that they thought it would be interesting to see how it would work to plop some zombies down in a Leigh-esque milieu.   They also spoke of being influenced by comedic “mockumentaries” like my beloved “The Office”.   These influences have produced a very interesting mix of realism and fantasy, wherein the rhythms of everyday life are established so that the appearance of the zombies in this context is all the more startling.  

Plus “Shaun of the Dead” is a great laugh, which we all need.   Not to mention that it features Lucy Davis, the actress who played Dawn in the afore-mentioned “The Office” (also a treat for “Office” fans is that Martin Freeman, who played Dawn’s long-suffering admirer Tim in that great program, makes a cameo appearance!).   This is also one of those rare films that it’s actually fun to see with a general audience, to hear the shrieks alternating with laughter.  

One caveat: this movie is not for you if you can’t abide gore, as there’s zombie-ific mayhem aplenty!  

--Oct 4, 2004

References (9)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.
  • Response
    Hey,great pdf search engine. give it a try!
  • Response
    hair-free skin with six sessions of IPL E-light laser hair removal at Skin Like Silk – Save 86% Skin Like Silkvoucher deal. Unwanted body and facial hair has been a huge social and emotional concern for men and women for centuries.
  • Response
    Interesting post reminds me of another gem. I think there is a world market for maybe five computers. Attributed to Thomas Watson
  • Response
    Could you please tell me what theme you use on your site?
  • Response
    Response: ZjdRiqvH
    The Moving World - Old Reviews - Shaun of the Dead  
  • Response
    right now there will be fewer levels of competition However in the event that saints’ bones is usually faked, and so can certainly bits of paper
  • Response
    Response: chanel taschen
    The Moving World - Old Reviews - Shaun of the Dead
  • Response
  • Response
    The Moving World - Old Reviews - Shaun of the Dead

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>