The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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This wacky zombie comedy exploits to the full this genre's juicy potential for satire: a more solemn kind of movie maybe couldn't get away with being quite as irreverent about the Castro government.
The 'Evil Dead' and Romero nods are fun, but characters appear for no reason and are bumped off without warning; there's just not enough flesh on these funny bones.
As a zombie picture, Juan of the Dead is merely OK. But as a satirical comedy of life in Cuba under Castro, it totally kills - and keeps coming back for more.
The visually arresting bleached browns of Havana form a perfect backdrop for the liberal dousing of blood and severed limbs, whilst the plethora of set-piece deaths appear fresh in their originality.
Polished and heartfelt, Juan brings a new voice in genre filmmaking from a land hamstrung by politics for decades.
A silly and occasionally creepy zombie movie, but one that also dares to have a brain...
Not only is this movie funnier than "Shawn of the Dead", its obvious inspiration, it is proof that Cuba is not a totalitarian dungeon.
Sure, some of the socialist humor and Cuban culture may be lost on American viewers, but the film is still a ton of fun.
This zombie revolucion takes aim at our funny bone and the damage done by the Castro regime.
The story is a bit choppy from the middle to the end. But, hardcore zombie fans can be very forgiving. And, for them, "Juan of the Dead" might just be worth the time. The ending is clever and upbeat. Not too bad.
A very broad and exceedingly splattery mash-up of horror, comedy, and mild social commentary.
A little too slight to fill out a feature-length run time, yet it's spunky enough to entertain and occasionally horrify, though it's not always the zombies that induce the most revulsion.
Remember Shawn of the Dead? Of course you do, you zombie film enthusiast you, and so did the makers of this Cuban export that freely cribs all that it can from that seminal work. And they nearly get it. Missed it by that much. Still, a zombie parody film, only there's not a scare in the whole thing. Not one. Just guys running around and killing zombies, making with the snappy repartee (in Spanish, natch) but with hardly a single threat. The monsters might've been mannequins for all their danger.
As a Cuban version of 'Shaun of the Dead' this has a lot to compete with and if it doesn't hit the heights of that horror-comedy classic (or for that matter 'Zombieland') there is still a lot to enjoy here. The main group of 'heroes' are a lot less likeable than their British and American counterparts but the film makes it clear that life in Cuba under Castro's regime has hardened these people and sentimentality and compassion for your fellow man is a thing of the past. The fact that by the end of the film the main character has found his heart is perhaps predictable but still satisyfing. Laugh out loud moments include Juan's best friend and his haphazard way of firing his harpoon gun at the wrong moments, a bodybuilder who keeps fainting at the sight of blood so has to wear a blindfold when fighting and a novel way of decapitation that I imagine is similar to the way people produce crop-circles!
This is the Cuban (!) response to Britain's Shaun of the Dead: A zombie comedy. Of course they do not reinvent the wheel with the plot and the elements are the usual ones you'd also see in a students horror productions, but the setting and the feel of it all is so different that the film works for most parts. There are quite a few genuinely funny scenes, lots of splatter and the usual parade of everyday characters: the fat, disgusting sidekick, the gorgeous kick-ass daughter, the womanizer son, but also: the drag queen and her muscle man who can't see blood. The make-up effects are quite decent for an indie production, the computer effects on the other hand look a bit cheap. Given the film's heritage it may not be surprising that there's quite a bit of commentary on Cuba, the USA, capitalism etc. if you are reading between the lines. The film decides to make fun of all sides. Overall pretty amusing, even if sometimes a bit amateurish. For fans of the genre.
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