Review: World War Z

25 Jun

Happy Red Haired Freckled Boy With Missing Front Teeth, Laughing Retro Clipart IllustrationYawn, another zombie movie.

Ike2You can’t say that.

Happy Red Haired Freckled Boy With Missing Front Teeth, Laughing Retro Clipart IllustrationWhy not? How many times can we see undead hordes feasting on human flesh before it becomes tired?

Ike2“Oh, geez, another comedy? How many times am I supposed to laugh at funny stuff?”

Happy Red Haired Freckled Boy With Missing Front Teeth, Laughing Retro Clipart IllustrationThat’s not the same.

Ike2“Yawn, we’re having food for dinner again?”

Happy Red Haired Freckled Boy With Missing Front Teeth, Laughing Retro Clipart IllustrationOkay, let’s start over. It’s really not so much a zombie movie, anyway, as a Brad Pitt movie. Was he in every single scene?

Ike2Plus most of the previews, I think.

Happy Red Haired Freckled Boy With Missing Front Teeth, Laughing Retro Clipart Illustration But that’s a good thing, in my book. He’s just as convincing fighting zombies as he is making pancakes for his two little girls.

Ike2He’s the perfect hunky daddy. Like, “The zombie plague may be devouring the planet, but it’s okay as long as Brad Pitt is here.”

Happy Red Haired Freckled Boy With Missing Front Teeth, Laughing Retro Clipart IllustrationI don’t get the haircut, though. I was looking for the “Hair by Tarzan” credit.

Ike2Mee-oww! You wish you could pull off the Tarzan ‘do.

Happy Red Haired Freckled Boy With Missing Front Teeth, Laughing Retro Clipart IllustrationAnyway, the domestic stuff was surprisingly effective. I mean, we have one daughter who is asthmatic, one who constantly bawls, and a wife whose sole function is to stare worriedly at her satellite phone.

Ike2And call at the worst possible time!

Happy Red Haired Freckled Boy With Missing Front Teeth, Laughing Retro Clipart IllustrationYeah, like, “Honey, how many times have I told you not to call me in the middle of a zombie apocalypse!”  But Brad and Mireille Enos make it work. They’re a likable and believable couple.

Ike2Going from pancakes to zombies was pretty scary.

Happy Red Haired Freckled Boy With Missing Front Teeth, Laughing Retro Clipart IllustrationThe slow build from domestic trivia to all out zombie panic is very effective. In fact, I thought all the action set pieces were well executed. Director Mark Forster knows how to jack up the suspense.

Ike2On to the zombies!

Happy Red Haired Freckled Boy With Missing Front Teeth, Laughing Retro Clipart IllustrationDid it bother you that these were strong, fast-moving zombies instead of the usual slow, plodding kind? Forster said he didn’t want to make it like Night of the Living Dead.

Ike2So he made it like 28 Days Later instead. Zing!

Happy Red Haired Freckled Boy With Missing Front Teeth, Laughing Retro Clipart IllustrationI’m just glad we didn’t get all the gore we usually get from this genre.

Ike2But isn’t that why a lot of people go see these movies? They want to see how many ways the filmmakers can come up with to de-brain a zombie.

Happy Red Haired Freckled Boy With Missing Front Teeth, Laughing Retro Clipart IllustrationThere was that one nod to the usual conventions when the crowbar gets stuck in the zombie. It’s funny, because you know what’s happening, even if you don’t see it. But if blood and gore are what you want, WWZ probably isn’t for you.

Ike2This isn’t your hunky daddy’s zombie movie!

Happy Red Haired Freckled Boy With Missing Front Teeth, Laughing Retro Clipart IllustrationAnd people who have read the novel are supposedly griping that the movie leaves out all the geopolitical subtext.

Ike2The only thing worse than book snobs are zombie snobs.

Happy Red Haired Freckled Boy With Missing Front Teeth, Laughing Retro Clipart IllustrationYeah, I think the zombie snobs need to take it down a notch.

Ike2But zombies are metaphors—They’re AIDS! No, they’re political unrest! No, they’re Justin Bieber fans!

Happy Red Haired Freckled Boy With Missing Front Teeth, Laughing Retro Clipart IllustrationMore like they’re a metaphor for Paramount needs a new tentpole.

Ike2Inside Hollywood zing!

Happy Red Haired Freckled Boy With Missing Front Teeth, Laughing Retro Clipart IllustrationAnd speaking of inside Hollywood, don’t blink, or you’ll miss Matthew Fox.

Ike2As “The Man on the Cutting Room Floor.”

Happy Red Haired Freckled Boy With Missing Front Teeth, Laughing Retro Clipart IllustrationThe upshot is that World War Z is an expertly crafted, amped-up B movie. Good summertime entertainment.

Our Review

Solid Brad Pit vehicle.

Suspenseful B-movie fare.

Blessedly free of gratuitous violence and gore.

Hunky Daddy.

Three tail wags out of five.

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