This British romantic zombie comedy is one of my favorite films. It’s pure entertainment with highly memorable scenes and quotable lines.
Shaun (Simon Pegg) is an electronics store clerk whose life is far from coveted. His coworkers are disrespectful. He lives with his best friend Ed (Nick Frost) whose sloth-like personality has impacted Shaun’s other relationships. His bonding with his mother (Downton Abbey’s Penelope Wilton) has been negatively affected by an overbearing step-father (Bill Nighy). He is so routine oriented that there’s little excitement in his life (outside of the adventures on his video games) and he stays true to what he knows spending most of his time at a local pub named The Winchester. One might even say that he lives out his life in a zombie-like fashion. This humdrum existence has caused the love of his life to cast him aside. But when London is taken over by zombies, Shaun forces himself out of his comfort zone and develops into a leader who spearheads an attempt to save his mother, the girl of his dreams, his friends (including Lucy Davis from the UK’s “The Office” and “Black Books” lead Dylan Moran), as well as himself.
The movie is about stretching ourselves to live to our potential, and appreciating the things and people that matter most. Although the idea of a zombie infestation can be horrifying, this film isn’t your traditional horror film as it is focused more on comedy than on a fright factor. There are bloody moments, but the main focus is on the relationships of the survivors as they make their way throughout the city and seek out a place of safety. And just when things get intense or emotional, comedy is injected to swiftly lighten the mood. The film also utilizes a comical use of music as we witness during a memorable Winchester pub scene.
Whether you’re a horror and zombie movie fan, or one who appreciates a good romantic or friendship comedy you’ll find plenty to love in this film. And there’s just something about real-life friends Pegg and Frost together that makes for enduring central characters in this and other offering such as “Spaced,” Hot Fuzz, Paul, and The World’s End.
If you’re already a fan of the movie, or soon to become one as it’s hard not to be, Simon Pegg wrote a lot about his love for zombies and some of the personal touches from his life reflected in the film in his autobiography Nerd Do Well. You can check out He Geek’s and my reviews on the site to learn more.