Reviewed Aug 15, 2012
James Han’s review:
"Shaun of the Dead" is one of those movies you love for no reason other than that it exists. Some movies, usually the more sophisticated ones, rely on an especially careful blend of proper directing, writing, cinematography, etc. "Shaun," however, relies on nothing but its uproarious, bold story and its blunt humor. We watch the movie without taking it that seriously – meaning we don't feel too disgusted when guts fly and necks are ripped. It's un-British in every way possible, but the characters – before they kill zombies and get wasted at the Winchester – still make sure they have their cup of tea. This adds a wonderful layer of irony to complement the unreserved, brash gore. Movies that are, in essence, dark, but somehow manage to pass off as a slap of fun are admirable accomplishments that demand unique skill from all members involved in its creation. "Shaun of the Dead" is such an accomplishment, and for this it deserves to be praised.