Chandler Mann’s review published on Letterboxd:
“It’s a goddamn zombie tiger!”
The Suicide Squad of zombie movies.
Army of the Dead is a decently good zombie film that doesn’t reinvent the wheel or bring anything notably different from other zombie flicks.
It has some great action sequences, tons of blood and gore, and a lot of tropes and clichés that most zombie films typically have.
Yet, I feel like this film has a MAJOR identity crisis. It wants to be taken seriously while also wanting to be wild, goofy, and funny. I feel like Army of the Dead never really found its footing with what it wanted to be.
The cast was pretty good, everybody gets their moments to shine, Matthias Schweighöfer as “Dieter” was definitely my favorite.
My main issue comes with Tig Notaro as “Marianne Peters”, she was the only character I felt never got her moment. I feel like this is because of the recasting from my all-time favorite comedian Chris D’Elia - to her, therefore having to cut a lot of that characters moments out. On top of that I felt like her acting and dialogue was very cut and dry.
I personally feel like they should’ve just kept Chris in the movie.
Overall I felt like Army of the Dead was just another decently good zombie flick. It has a good cast, great action, and a decent story with Zack Snyder’s directorial flair sprinkled about.