Film Watch – 334. Shaun of the Dead

shaun-of-the-deadFast Facts

Title: Shaun of the Dead
Director: Edgar Wright
Year: 2004
Run time: 1hr 39m

Background Info

I’ve been vaguely aware of this trilogy of films by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, but I don’t know why I’ve never really paid it much attention before. I love Spaced and it’s more of the same, so it’s shame on me for never having seen this. Mr C and I thought we’d want to see the new one, so as we tend to do in these situations, we went back to the beginning. Mr C is not really into the supernatural stuff, we had to have a bit of a conversation about the difference between vampires and zombies, but he was willing to give it a go, and I was looking forward to it.

Live Blog

2:46 – Crunching is really tricky when you’re having a conversation.
6:16 – Noodle is a good nickname.
9:36 – That was like the ruder version of “bear with”.
11:12 – Is it weird that I could recognise Bill Nighy from the back of his head?
13:36 – Oh my god, it’s so lovely to see them on screen together.
19:28 – The thing is, every song is significant when you’re going through something.
25:34 – Brilliant time transition there.
26:37 – So far, all this is doing is making me think how “ignorant” the human race is of stuff going on around it. And by human race, I mostly mean Shaun.
31:15 – “Anything with flashing lights, you know?”
34:18 – Don’t throw Dire Straits!
43:11 – Harriet Jones and Bill Nighy are quite the couple.
44:43 – “We had our jabs before we went to the Isle of Wight.”
49:50 – Oooh, exacerbate recall!
51:36 – Could there be a worse situation to meet the parents?
54:19 – Argh, childlocks.
59:13 – He tried to kill it with a swing ball!
1:04:09 – A running buffet!
1:12:34 – Somehow they have turned this zombie apocalypse situation into a disco.
1:21:20 – The Black Books guy isn’t a very nice character in this either.
1:32:49 – Well, Trisha is a blast from the past.

Conclusions

Really enjoyed it, as I thought I might. The same quirky Spaced style, and a reunion between Jessica and Simon too! I thought the story took a while to get going, although it was fun seeing them in blissful ignorance whilst the world disintegrated around them. I thought it was going to be more parody, but actually this stood up very well in its own right. Plus, there was bonus Chris Martin as a zombie at the end! Genius.

Rating: 4/5

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