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Film Watch - 334. Shaun of the Dead

Published July 23, 2013

Fast Facts

Title: Shaun of the Dead Director: Edgar Wright Year: 2004 Run time: 1hr 39m

Background Info

I’ve been vaguely aware of this trilogy of films by Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright, but I don’t know why I’ve never really paid it much attention before. I love Spaced and it’s more of the same, so it’s shame on me for never having seen this. Mr C and I thought we’d want to see the new one, so as we tend to do in these situations, we went back to the beginning. Mr C is not really into the supernatural stuff, we had to have a bit of a conversation about the difference between vampires and zombies, but he was willing to give it a go, and I was looking forward to it.

Live Blog

2:46 - Crunching is really tricky when you’re having a conversation. 6:16 - Noodle is a good nickname. 9:36 - That was like the ruder version of “bear with”. 11:12 - Is it weird that I could recognise Bill Nighy from the back of his head? 13:36 - Oh my god, it’s so lovely to see them on screen together. 19:28 - The thing is, every song is significant when you’re going through something. 25:34 - Brilliant time transition there. 26:37 - So far, all this is doing is making me think how “ignorant” the human race is of stuff going on around it. And by human race, I mostly mean Shaun. 31:15 - “Anything with flashing lights, you know?” 34:18 - Don’t throw Dire Straits! 43:11 - Harriet Jones and Bill Nighy are quite the couple. 44:43 - “We had our jabs before we went to the Isle of Wight.” 49:50 - Oooh, exacerbate recall! 51:36 - Could there be a worse situation to meet the parents? 54:19 - Argh, childlocks. 59:13 - He tried to kill it with a swing ball! 1:04:09 - A running buffet! 1:12:34 - Somehow they have turned this zombie apocalypse situation into a disco. 1:21:20 - The Black Books guy isn’t a very nice character in this either. 1:32:49 - Well, Trisha is a blast from the past.

Conclusions

Really enjoyed it, as I thought I might. The same quirky Spaced style, and a reunion between Jessica and Simon too! I thought the story took a while to get going, although it was fun seeing them in blissful ignorance whilst the world disintegrated around them. I thought it was going to be more parody, but actually this stood up very well in its own right. Plus, there was bonus Chris Martin as a zombie at the end! Genius.

**Rating: **45

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