Combining sharp wit and a good humoured script, "Shaun Of The Dead" is an impressively comedic jaunt into the world of zombie horror flicks. Newcomer to directing Edgar Wright brings together a good cast to tell the story of Shaun, who amidst a zombie apocalypse tries to hunt down his ex-girlfriend and friends, and bring them to his favourite pub to hideout.
Whilst the whole idea of "Shaun of the Dead" is a parody on the greatest zombie hits, most obviously of course, "Dawn of the Dead", the script written by Wright and star Simon Pegg, is clever and witty, creating a certain you have to smile even though sometimes you don't want to feeling, surrounding the film.
Pegg plays his usual British awkward guy character, and does it well, however with the best performances coming from his best friend Nick Frost and the supporting cast, the protagonist of the story is sometimes out shined by others. Dylan Moran changes from his Bernard Black drunk Irish performance, to produce a high brow, snooty and twit like character, and he does it very well. Penelope Wilton and Bill Nighy also have fleeting appearances, and perform up to the expected standard from their dialogue.
The cinematography is interesting with a liberal use of whip pans, but what really stands out is the story and screenplay, which manage to combine some action packed car chases, zombie attacks and light sitcom style humour all in a little over ninety minutes.
A breakthrough first film from Edgar Wright who could have chose a much safer genre to try and enter the film industry. Instead, going for a zombie spoof and an unknown cast, the screenplay creates a very British comedy film, whilst appealing to worldwide audiences through the horror aspect.
Never forgetting its intended dedicated zombie splatter fans, whilst entertaining all cinema goers, "Shaun of the Dead" is a film with flaws, but fun to watch and giggle at.