Little Monsters (2019)

Little Monsters
Director: Abe Forsythe
Writer: Abe Forsythe
Cast: Alexander England, Lupita Nyong’o, Josh Gad, Kat Stewart, Diesel La Torraca, Nadia Townsend, Marshall Napier
Seen on: 9.9.2019

Dave (Alexander England) has been dreamind of a career as a musician. But slowly it is time to face the truth: it is probably not going to happen for him. After a recent break-up, Dave does what he does best, though, and that’s running away from his troubles and whatever responsibility. So he accompanies his nephew Felix (Diesel La Torraca) on his kindergarden field trip, with Felix’ teacher Miss Caroline (Lupity Nyong’o). But when they are trapped by a zombie outbreak, maybe it’s time for Dave to grow a spine.

I dream of a world where this film was made by somebody who didn’t think we needed generic white dude as the protagonist and could have just gone with Miss Caroline front and center of the film (as the poster would have you believe anyway). But other than that, I very much enjoyed Little Monsters.

The film poster showing Miss Caroline (Lupita Nyong'o) mid-jump. She is holding a ukulele and smiling, but her dress is drenched in blood and there are zombie hands grabbing for her feet.

Let me say it again, Miss Caroline and with her the always brilliant and fantastic Lupita Nyong’o is the real start of the film. Her being a kindergarden teacher means that she is fierce, protective and pragmatic. She knows that you have to get your hands dirty every once in a while. And she is awesome at it.

But apparently we need a male protagonist who has to learn to take responsibility, finally, as a grown man, like the women around him have been doing for years. This is neither a particularly sympathetic angle, nor is it very interesting, but at least Dave actually learns, so that’s something.

Miss Caroline (Lupita Nyong'o) surrounded by zombies, a shovel in her hand.

Disregarding that, though, I really enjoyed the film. It is funny and charming, except for overdoing Josh Gad’s Teddy McGiggle, assholish children’s TV star, just a little. I really loved how they handled the zombies, too. And I have to say that it has the best inclusion of MMMBop I have ever seen in a film.

So, there’s a lot of fun to be had with Little Monsters. If you are looking for something that will make you laugh in a gory way, absolutely go for it.

Dave (Alexander England) talking to a couple of children.

Summarizing: very entertaining.

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