Wow, that felt good. I've been thinking the most horrible thoughts. Much worse than posted above.
Let's talk about World War Z. That would be the zombie movie starring Brad Pitt in the lead role as a UN Taskforce Specialist on a Contagion, find infected person 0 mission. I'll tell you right now that I didn't hate World War Z, but I friggin despised the trailer, the poster art and the marketing campaign. That doesn't mean ya'll didn't like it or at least some of you did. You certainly bought enough tickets to see it. What's more is that the overwhelming word on the horror street/Facebok social media land seemed to dictate that everyone had already seen the picture because there were so many opinions prior to its release that you'd think it was leaked on Pirate Bay a year ago. I can't lie and say I didn't have my doubts. Again, bad marketing campaign in this horror fans eyes, but then again, I'm probably not the target audience that need to have commercials spewed at him to get his ass in the seat. They knew I'd be there anyway.
Everyone's calling it a good popcorn movie. Yes. It is. You'll eat popcorn while watching it and you'll enjoy it because it's entertaining. It's a movie. It is not a pivotal zombie film. Who needs another new spin on the zed genre anyway. Allow yourself to be entertained and enjoy the simple fact that you're seeing a zombie movie in the theater.It's really a composite of several successful zombie and non-zombie infection movies. It's nice to be able to try and gross out your date... and that's where I get unfriendly (but I'll be more friendly later so don't worry about this being a negative rant).
Zombie movie = gore. That's what I want. That's not what everyone wants, but there's more gore on television on The Walking Dead and pretty much every other show you can see on your boob tube. I truly wish I could go to a theater and seeing a disgusting rotty zombie film that makes me want to puke. I guess most people don't necessarily want that experience because between this and Warm Bodies, the zombie genre is going tame... on the big screen anyway. Somebody go dig up Lucio Fulci and wheel his casket over to a cinema, sit him down (nicely) and have him watch World War Z. The first thing he'll say is, "did it make that large budget back because that's what filmmaking is about?" Second thing he'll do is ask where the gut regurgitation homage is at. I like gore. I like gory zombie movies, and I didn't expect anything more than what I got from World War Z, but dammit, I had my testicles crossed. So many heads... smashed... but unseen. Gorehounds stay home.
Fans of the novel... this is supposed to be really different. From I understand the film misses the point of the book completely though I can't speak to that only owning a copy and never having read it. I will someday. I bet I'll enjoy it. Just thought it was worth mentioning.
Best part of the movie... the music. Marco Beltrami as composer alongside Muse have created music that is reminiscent of one of the best eras of zombie filmmaking. Beltrami said he is heavily influenced by Ennio Morricone, but I think he's watched quite a few Italian zombie pictures to boot. You'll love this if you love the 70's prog scores of Italy. I'm deeply impressed. The opening credit sequence was perhaps my favorite part of the movie. I debated buying the movie to enjoy the credit sequence and the score again. That won't happen. I'll just buy the CD instead.
|This... looked... fuck bad.|
All acting solid. In fact, that's why I enjoyed the movie. Brad Pitt was good. His family was good. This worked for me.
About 2/3rd's through the movie the thing shuts down and drags... the fuck... along... at a speed that might commonly be associated with Romero zombies. You... just.... can't... wait... for... the.. movie... to... PICK THE FUCK BACK UP. Then it does, the plot twists over itself, and you feel like you actually saw a movie.
It's not the worst shit I've seen. Check out the score. Wait for it on cable or rental or however you people get your movies now. No need to hit the theater for this one. I mean ... you could always go to the theater, pull out your cell phone and watch videos of gory zombie movies while you watch World War Z to make it FEEL gory. That could work. It'd be better than watching you text how bored you are during the aforementioned lull. I left the theater feeling a little underwhelmed, but then again my expectations weren't set overly high. I wasn't let down. I had a wee bit of hope that their would be more red stuff. Denied.
Quick quotes from the reviewer mentioned in my opening paragraph:
"Just about every zombie movie I can think of is set, for the most part, in tightly defined spaces where groups of survivors huddle to fend off the flesh-hungry hordes outside."
Dr. TERROR comment: WATCH MORE ZOMBIE MOVIES!!!
Dr. TERROR comment: This Man Has No Dick (to quote Peter Venkman)
Dr. TERROR comment: YOU'RE VAST AND SPRAWLING!
Actually, just read it horror fans... I seriously cannot believe this is the guy who got to review the new zombie movie.