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Weekend Movie 2: Shaun of the Dead (2004)

A romantic comedy. With zombies.

Shaun of the Dead (2004) is a British romantic comedy, also a zombie flick. Remember Zombieland (2009)? Both movies are surprisingly entertaining and funny albeit having zombies as their main plot. 


Well, who says zombie movies must be entirely action-packed and fueled with suspense, blood, and gore? In fact I like zom-coms (zombie comedies) more than hardcore zombie thrillers, which are quite stressful to watch. :P 

Ok, let's read the synopsis for Shaun of the Dead. 

Shaun (Simon Pegg), a department store salesman is having problems with his life. He has a hard time at work; his best buddy, Ed (Nick Frost) is a good-for-nothing slob; his girlfriend, Liz (Kate Ashfield) breaks up with him and he wants to get her back; and his stepfather, Philip (Bill Nighy) is always on his back, reminding him to be a good son to his mother, Barbara (Penelope Wilton). 

Then, there's another problem. Just when he has made up his mind to sort out his life, hordes of flesh-eating zombies are feasting on the living! So Shaun comes out with a plan to save himself, Ed, Liz, his mom, and his step-dad. All he has to do is survive... and most importantly, to win Liz back. 

This movie starts off with sitcom-like scenes. Then, it drags on with a lot of human melodramas between Shaun and Liz, Shaun and Ed, Shaun and Ed and their housemate Pete, Shaun and his stepfather, Shaun and his mother... You get what I mean? Then, after 40 minutes or so, the storyline begins to evolve. Monotonous scenes are gradually replaced with "retarded" and funny scenes of how they try to ward off the zombies in order to survive the apocalypse. 

All in all, Shaun of the Dead is a heart-warming zom-com that focuses a whole lot on interactions with individuals that matter the most to you. I think it succeeds in setting itself apart from the rest of the zombie flicks out there. If Zombieland wins, the reason would be because it's filmed five years later than Shaun of the Dead. :)

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