Love and Monsters

2020, Adventure/Fantasy, 1h 49m

108 Reviews 50+ Verified Ratings

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Led by a charming star turn from Dylan O'Brien, Love and Monsters peers into the apocalypse and finds an action-adventure with surprising emotional depth. Read critic reviews

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Seven years after the Monsterpocalypse, Joel Dawson, along with the rest of humanity, has been living underground ever since giant creatures took control of the land. After reconnecting over the radio with his high school girlfriend, Aimee, who is now 80 miles away at a coastal colony, Joel begins to fall for her again. As Joel realizes that there's nothing left for him underground, he decides to venture out to Aimee, despite all the dangerous monsters that stand in his way.

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  • May 12, 2021
    Its good to see more Post-Apocalyptic movies go the route of not being totally nihilistic but this one is still highly derivative and predictable.
    Alec B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 09, 2021
    Like many of the creatures Dylan O'Brien's Joel comes across in Michael Matthew's Love and Monsters, the movie is a variation on something we've seen before. Boy loves girl, girl loves boy, world ends, and boy must reunite with girl by traveling across a post-apocalyptic wasteland. What makes Love and Monsters work though is not that it has a fresh take on the story or genre necessarily, but more that it knows how to convey what's always worked about the genre in an effective manner. The creature designs are legit, O'Brien is endearing as hell, and by the time we come around to the third act this genuinely feels like a throwback adventure flick that they don't make anymore or at least don't make as well as they once did. Balancing the purity of its heart and the entertainment of its action with our investment in its characters, it can't help but to be enjoyed.
    Philip P Super Reviewer
  • Nov 06, 2020
    "Love and Monsters" starts off as a teen romance flick interrupted by the apocalypse, but thankfully it becomes much more than that and ultimately very entertaining. There is a welcome trend recently in apocalyptic movies (possibly due to the ongoing pandemic) of finding originality vs. defaulting to a zombie plague. Former "Teen Wolf" and "The Maze Runner" star Dylan O'Brien is an affably geeky guy that stumbles into the hero role. The monster scenes balance decent special effects with fun action. I would have liked to see more of the beginning's "life in the bunker" setup as it would likely have given the movie more emotional depth. But overall this is a very enjoyable family-friendly adventure.
    Mark B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 22, 2020
    Imaginative, quirky, and monstrously fun, Love and Monsters is a winning sci-fi monster movie and more evidence to the unique amusements provided in full from a Brian Duffield (Spontaneous, The Babysitter) story. In the near future, after blowing up a world-threatening asteroid, the ensuing chemical debris causes many lizards and insects to grow to world-threatening sizes, killing a majority of the population, and forcing the survivors to live underground in vaults. Our hero is Joel (Dylan O'Brien), a very Jessie Eisenberg-esque guy who isn't so good at survival skills in this new world. His group looks at him like he's a helpless kid who can't defend himself. Joel discovers that his teenage crush, the girl he's been writing letters to, is alive and he pledges to make the 80-mile trip on the surface to reunite with her. The resulting journey can be episodic but each section is impactful, each monster encounter is different and contributes to a fuller understanding to the world, and the character arc finds ways to surprise you, like when it acknowledges that Joel's foolhardy romantic gesture is exactly that, him not fully accepting how the world has changed both he and the object of his desire. That sparkling creative voice of Duffield's is alive and well throughout. His worlds feel well thought out, lived in, crazy but with purpose, and his characters are often teenagers with pointed attitude but they feel like characters rather than mouthpieces for overt stylized dialogue and pithy banter. O'Brien (The Maze Runner) is an interesting choice and gets to be far more neurotic and physically comedic than I've ever seen him. He's an underdog that's easy to root for. There are moments of wonder, moments of unexpected empathy, moments of suspense and terror, and plenty of moments of comic bemusement in the face of this crazy world. Joel befriends a very Woody Harreslon-esque father (Michael Rooker) with an adopted daughter in tow (the Zombieland character dynamics are pretty apparent but not a major detraction) and they form an enjoyable fractured family to help Joel become a better survivalist. I loved a small moment with a beaten down robot helper that manages to be sentimental as well as subverting sentimentality. The conclusion feels like a Walking Dead episode but it brings together many of the dangling storylines and proves satisfying for the character's arc, a better understanding of the creatures in this world, and for Joel's sense of self and community. The special effects are amazing for a movie that shockingly only had a tiny $28 million budget. Love and Monsters is a movie that makes the most of its time and money to tell a bigger story but one with enough wit, heart, and personality to draw you in and leave you happy for more post-apocalyptic monster adventures. All hail Duffield, king of spry and accessible quirk within the Hollywood system. Nate's Grade: B+
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