February 4, 2013
Fresher and Smarter and More Fun Than You'd Expect
I went to this for a friend's birthday, expecting it to be silly and ridiculous -- and while, there are parts of it that you just have to accept, it was much better written and executed than I expected.
The actors are great -- both the leads are charming and throw themselves into their parts in their own way (and, important for a romance, very cute), and the film as a whole manages to have a lot of fun while managing to take both the world it greats and the overall execution seriously enough to make you care...which is actually quite an accomplishment given that it's a zombie-meets-girl love story.
Afterward, I discovered that the movie is based on a book and wasn't surprised, given that this is possibly the most interesting take on the zombie apocalypse genre I've yet seen. (I hope that I don't give too much away by saying that the theme of "change" is a wonderfully different one -- YMMV, given that it aligns better with my politics than the tenor of conventional zombie movies.)
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