Zombies and humor.
BQB here with a review of “Shaun of the Dead.”
It’s ironic that this film is a comedy as it has stood the test of time to become one of the must see flicks of the zompoc genre. It’s probably lasted as long as it has due to the fact that is pairs great writing with humor and heart and overall, the characters are relatable and you really worry that they might become zombie lunch.
Simon Pegg, in the first role I remember seeing him in, plays Shaun, a 29-year-old loser who wants to turn his life around but can’t figure out how. He’s stuck in a lousy electronics store job that’s meant for teenagers. His girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield) is tired of being disappointed by Shaun’s loser-ness. His flat-mate is fed up that Shaun keeps coddling Ed (Nick Frost) his buddy who came over for a party once several years ago and then just stayed without offering to pay any rent or even lifting a finger to help around the house. His Mom loves him unconditionally but his step-dad thinks he’s an epic loser.
Enter the zombie apocalypse. England has become overrun with the undead. Finally, here is Shaun’s big chance to save the day and prove to Liz that he is responsible, to prove to his parents and the world that he is worth something. He takes charge, leading Liz, Ed and friends to safety, but, you know, because he’s an average guy of average strength and abilities, he screws up often and in hilarious ways.
That’s kind of the whole point of the film. Throughout the movie, various people in the party shit on Shaun, telling him he’s a loser and his plans stink and he’s so dumb that he’s going to get everyone killed. The situation is an allegory for life. Some people at least get up and try and yes, they fail when they try. People who never even try will happily point out when someone who tried failed. That’s why it sucks to be Shaun. He’s trying, really hard, and no one around him will try and yet they never pull a punch when it comes to telling him what a loser he is.
Also, awesome scene when Shaun goes up against zombies with an old Winchester rifle (and when the gang beats a particular tough zombie with pool cues to the tune of an old song.)