Army of the Dead

Army of the Dead ★★★★

The divisive aesthetic here, with its dreamy shallow focus and errant dead pixels, seems to be separating those who appreciate Snyder chiefly as a visualist—as a digital painter who uses his shots to create almost religious-looking tableaus—and those interested in Snyder's thematic concerns, as the film feels integral to Snyder's body of work and expressive of his views on fatherhood. The fan reaction is a little surprising to me because I think those tableaus are still here; then again, if you just want enjoy "Army of the Dead" as a Netflix movie about Dave Bautista machine-gunning zombies while running across craps tables, the film works on that level too.

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