Shaun Of the Dead

2004 Rated R

Directed by Edgar Wright

Written By Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg

Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield and Bill Nighy

98/100

Around now, there are few directors that have consistently made good movies in their career. One of the only few directors that have accomplished this so far is Edgar Wright. So far, he’s had Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz (which is a brilliant cop comedy), and his newest Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, which made my top 5 out of my favorite movies of 2010. Out of all his movies, my personal favorite is definitely Shaun of the Dead.

Shaun of the Dead is about a 30 something year old slacker named Shaun (Simon Pegg), who after his girlfriend breaks up with him, zombies start appearing in London. He takes it upon himself, and his friend, Ed (Nick Frost), to save his mom and his girlfriend and take refuge in the local pub, the Winchester.

With his debut, Shaun of the dead, Edgar Wright has completed the rare feat that is rarely seen in parodies; He managed to make a hilarious spoof of zombie movies and in the meantime made an awesome zombie movie.  There are many great components to this movie. First of all, the scares and the jokes are evenly timed perfectly with each other, making the mix of genres even and at no point weird. Second, it has extremely likable characters including Shaun (Simon Pegg) who is that likable, funny, and even slacker who takes advantage of the Zombie apocalypse to be a leader. To put it in short, Shaun is the type of character that you would want to be friends with in and out of a zombie apocalypse. The other lovable character in this film is Ed (Nick Frost) who is Shaun’s jobless best friend who is a video game lover. Even though he is easily the laziest out of all the people in this movie, he is funny, filled with witty dialogue and a good person at heart. Third, this film has one of the greatest re-watch values out of all the movies you can watch, due to the amount of jokes written into its script that you find on second and third viewings. Due to this, it becomes a better movie each time you watch it. Finally, its ending is both unpredictable and satisfying, and it is a great way to finish off the movie.

Overall, this is both one of the best horror movies i have ever seen and one of the best comedies I’ve ever seen.

Yoni Gottlieb

9-27-10

Here is the trailer for the movie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfDUv3ZjH2k