Shaun of the Dead
Director: Edgar Wright
Writer: Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg
Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Kate Ashfield, Lucy Davis, Dylan Moran, Penelope Wilton, Peter Serafinowicz, Rafe Spall, Bill Nighy, Jessica Hynes, Martin Freeman, Tamsin Greig, Matt Lucas, Chris Martin, Rob Brydon, Joe Cornish, Mark Gatiss, Michael Smiley, David Walliams, Julia Deakin, Reece Shearsmith
Part of: The Cornetto Trilogy
Shaun (Simon Pegg) spends his life between his dead-end job, his best friend Ed (Nick Frost) and his girlfriend Liz (Kate Ashfield). Liz is frustrated with his complacency. But things get severely shaken up when there’s a zombie outbreak. As soon as Shaun realizes, he tries everything to save the ones he loves.
Shaun of the Dead is not only one of the best zombie movies I’ve ever seen, it’s just one of the best movies ever, period. And this re-watch proved it to me again.
There are so many scenes in this film that tickle my funny bone exactly. From the smarter jokes like the foreshadowing to the stuff that is just plain dumb but hilarious, like when Shaun climbs the small slide for a look out. And when Shaun and his group run into Yvonne and her group, it regularly cracks me up like nobody’s business. It’s just one of my favorite jokes ever, and I can’t even really explain why that would be the case.
The cast is impeccable and makes every moment work. Not only Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, absolutely everyone. One of my favorite performances, though, is that of Penelope Wilton. (And Dylan Moran. Did I mention that I’m going to see him live in a couple of weeks? Can’t wait.)
Though with a script like that, it’s certainly not an extremely difficult job to turn in an entertaining performance. It’s amazingly funny and every moment is just so full of so many little details, you barely know what to look at first. Which is part of the reason why this movie is so absolutely rewatchable.
As in Hot Fuzz, Edgar Wright is in full control of the pacing and the comedic timing which makes the movie feel way shorter than it is. Though I certainly wouldn’t have minded if it had gone on longer. I really can’t wait for the next Cornetto movie.
Summarizing: One of my all-time favorites.