Mary Poppins Returns
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...these citizens of Maine take armageddon in their stride, and even find time, mid-massacre, for a spot of relationship-building. It is a tad hit and miss, but just about charming enough to survive the overcrowded zombie market.
In a world where the zombie genre is long overdue a burial, Night Of The Living Deb shows that its corpse is still worth flogging if the results are this funny.
There are fun beats to be found here, but it feels like an idea that began with its playful title and never went too far beyond that conceit.
Thayer's unrelenting impression of nails scraping down a blackboard meas that by the end of an hour and a half you'll be ready to kill Deb yourself if the zombies haven't.
A romzomcom with real heart and feeling, Night of the Living Deb proves that there's some life in the old subgenre yet.
Funny, smart and sweet, with a great character at its centre, Night Of The Living Deb is a rom-zom-com that we can heartily recommend.
I'll be damned if this film's title isn't the cleverest thing about it. That's not to say that the movie is bad or anything, but I think it's a movie that fancies itself to be funnier than it actually is. As far as a movie that you can sit down, have a couple of laughs with and just watch without really putting too much of a strain on your brain, though, then this will do just fine for most of you. Part of me is surprised that the audience reaction was as 'negative' as it was. Again, not saying that this is good or anything, but it's the type of movie that seems to be like it'd be more of a hit with audiences than with critics and in this case it was the other way around. And there's only 5 critic reviews on here, 4 of which are fairly positive, so it's not like it's a widely reviewed film, but still. I think a lot of that is the look of the film, it's just got a real low-budget look and, honestly, sometimes people judge a movie based on how it looks. And I've been one of those, I'm not gonna say I haven't, but I like to think that, at least in my case, the look is just one of the many things that I don't like about the movie. I'm not gonna hate a movie just because it doesn't look all that expensively made. I'm gonna hate a movie because it has shit acting, illogical writing AND because it looks like crap. It's a combination deal with me, you see. That's neither here nor there, however. The movie's best asset is, obviously, the fact that Maria Thayer, who looks 30 when she's actually 40, is so good at her role. And the casting of the film is solid all around, Ray Wise is always good to have on board as he always finds a way to entertain me, even in roles where he's a little more subdued. But the film pretty much depends on her performance. She's very charming and likable and it makes Deb a heroine that's easy to root for. It also helps that Maria has good chemistry with her leading man Michael Cassidy. They have good back and forth exchanges and there's some funny moments between the two. I will say, however, that the romance between the two feels incredibly forced and completely unnatural. Maria and Michael have good chemistry, yes, but they don't have the type of chemistry where you could see the two actually falling in love with each other. So that felt really forced and unnatural to me. There's this scene where Deb confesses that she has fallen in love and she even makes mention of the fact that it might be to quick to come to this conclusion, but their situation with zombie apocalypse and all that hastened things a bit. And it's not even the fact that their falling in love took place over, what seems, to be less than a week. It's just that you didn't see them interacting together enough to make it feel like they were truly meant to be together. It is what it is, but it's an obvious flaw in the film, no question about it. With that said, though, this is still a decent film through and through. It's like 84 minutes long, so it's over before you know it and it never overstays its welcome. It's not a great zombie date movie, but it's still pretty decent if you have nothing better to do for 80 or so minutes.
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