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Shaun of the Dead

March 05, 2005 at 09:23 PM

Rating: 3/5

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Christina hated it and thought it was annoyingly bad. I thought it was decent but incredibly overrated. I just didn't get why people thought it was so great. It's so weird that American and British humor are two such different things.

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1 steve said...

Its kinda strange that you feel so indifferent about shaun of the dead. This whole american/british humour thing confuses me. I'm english and the general impression we seem to have is that americans do not understand sarcasm - but i dont know if thats true - especially as a lot of comedy shows seem to cross both ways reasonably well.

In order to get to the bottom of it, maybe cristina (and you) could explain a few things that you found particularly bad or anoying about it.

Posted on March 14, 2005 at 06:45 AM

2 christina said...

I can't take extreme sarcasm. It annoys the heck out me. The whole movie was based on the actors making stupid decision, like running into the mob of zombies after your bf has been shredded to pieces. It was just annoying that's all I can say. I think I have a pretty good sense of humor as long as it isn't completely useless sarcasm.

Posted on March 14, 2005 at 08:07 AM

3 Brian said...

I enjoyed it and thought it was good, but it wasn't nearly as great as many people were making it out to be. There were a lot of over-the-top great funny parts, but then there were parts that were just too stupid to be funny.

I'm a huge Monty Python and the Holy Grail fan, and that movie is the definition of English sarcasm. Shaun of the Dead just misses on too many jokes to be a great movie in my book.

Posted on March 14, 2005 at 12:22 PM

4 Cat said...

I'm intrigued by your answers, do you find all zombie movies stupid? The humour in Shaun of the Dead was based on the contrast between the relatively ordinary behaviour of the characters in an extra-ordinary situation. It highlights the rediculousness of serious zombie films and the usual "action-man" behaviour that they portray.

If you saw a guy with his arm ripped off walk into your front room, would you pick up your bazooka (as I know all you Americans have one under your pillows! :0)) and blow his brains out, or would you look worried and say "urgh! he's got no arm!"?

Being British there is also a certain reserve and uncomfortableness in the characters that is familiar to us. It is funny because the characters still exhibit this quality even in such an extreme situation. This reserve is never found in Hollywood zombie films! :0)

So Shaun of the Dead is a comparison between English behaviour and the American behaviour we see in films. Maybe you dont get it because you don't know what it is to be English.

Posted on March 15, 2005 at 01:45 PM

5 christina said...

Of course I don't because I'm not English. And no I do not find all zombie movies stupid. In fact I remember liking the original Dawn of the Dead. It's one of the movies I saw when I was younger that made me favor this genre.

Posted on March 15, 2005 at 01:52 PM

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