Army of the Dead

Army of the Dead ★★★★

Truly so bonkers. Doesn’t work as well as Zack’s other 2021 offering, Zack Snyder’s Justice League, but it’s not going for anything half as mythological or grand so I don’t think it has to. Constantly walks a tightrope between any sense of seriousness and batshit gorey mayhem. Moments that could be handled with drama are instead given outrageous gags to remind the audience this isn’t a movie at all interested in taking itself seriously. It’s not making fun of itself…but having fun in its sandbox I think. It’s not winking at you, just being very silly. It’s probably too long, but I never ever got tired of it. Zack’s cinematography is great, looks like nothing he’s done before (safe for the ZSJL Knightmare scene, which he also shot himself, clearly inspired by Army’s aesthetic). Lovely images. Found myself constantly looking for flaws in Tig Notaro’s green screen replacement, which was astonishingly well done. Watch in theaters! Big movie big screen loved it.

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