Edgar Wright co-wrote and directed this 2004 horror-comedy Shaun of the Dead, a strange, gross, but seriously hilarious spoof of zombie features.
Shaun (Simon Pegg) is an electronics salesman who is having trouble with his girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield) who breaks up with him when he forgets to plan a special date. He is a joke to his acquaintances and co-workers with only his mother, Babara (Penelope Wilton), truly seeing the good in him. His only true friend is his roommate Ed (Nick Frost), whom everyone including his step-father Philip (Bill Nighy) is trying to get him to dump.
After a night of binge drinking to get over his break-up, Shaun wake-up to find a zombie outbreak has caused chaos all over England. He and Ed plan on saving Shaun’s mother, step-father, along with Barbara and her roommates in order to survive. Their only hope is to make to their regular bar known as The Winchester in order to make a last stand.
This movie is hilarious. Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg (who co-wrote the film) hit every single high note in spoofing a movie about the undead coming to life in order to swarm humanity.
While there is a ton of gore, it is played perfectly with some of the gross humor that is meant to parody the action in zombie movies.
Pegg is also brilliant as Shaun. He plays the “everyman” trapped in the situation to hilarious perfection. Do not expect any enhanced fighting skills from this normal electronics salesman. Likewise, Frost is the perfect foil to Pegg, adding a much-needed boost.
I also want to give Mrs. Wilton a shoutout as Shaun’s mother. While her role is minimal in the film, she proves she is just as adept at playing in comedy as serious roles in Downton Abbey.
Wright delivers an excellent first entry into his soon-to-be cult classic “Three Flavours Cornetto” trilogy.
FAVORITE QUOTE: As Mr. Sloan always says, there is no “I” in team, but there is an “I” in pie. And there’s an “I” in meat pie. Anagram of meat is team… I don’t know what he’s talking about.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Violence, Gore, Foul language
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