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Movie Review: Love and Monsters

 Love and Monsters shouldn't be taken as a serious horror / sci fi / end of the world movie. 

Should it?

 According to my fellow crypt mate when asked said, "that movie sounded stupid." Of course he didn't "see" it, he only heard it, so I told him I'm not really sure I can take his opinion at face value. In fact, I have just the opposite opinion. It wasn't stupid or poorly written, nor was it just a light hearted romp with apocalyptic monsters. Don't get me wrong, there was camp, and some amusing bits, and it certainly isn't a Lord of the Rings, but how many movies actually are anyway? (that is rhetorical btw). However, with that said, I do believe that it's underlying premise was incredibly serious. A teenager who at the brink of becoming a man so to speak, not only looses the love of his life, but his family, and the whole world as he knows it. Why? Because of an asteroid named Agnes, and the desperate action of the worlds governments. This is not just an end of the world movie caused by chemically mutated bugs, amphibians, and the like. It's also about self discovery, true love, overcoming trauma, self reliance, hope, and making the best in the circumstances that you are forced to live in. It is a true coming of age story, a real heroes journey.

The cinematography was excellent, not dark and unviewable like many modern movies today, kudos to
Australian cinematographer Lachlan Milne.

Story by Brian Duffield. Screenplay by Brian Duffield and Matthew Robinson who both did a fine job creating the serious - not so serious feeling of the film.

South African, award winning film maker Michael Matthews helmed the film as director. I'm not familiar with his other work, but I do know, that it takes a special kind of director to create a movie like Love and Monsters. 

I would of liked to have seen Michael Rooker's character Clyde more, as his presence in projects always seems to a add a little extra, even when he's playing a bad guy.  Dylan O'Brian as the main character Joel, and Jessica Henwick as Aimee, the love of Joel's life and reason for his mission, are perfectly splendid, and I'd love to see them in more films. Oh, and of course we can't forget the beautiful and talented Austrain Kelpies. Hero, and Dodge played Joel's canine companion Boy.

All in all, Love and Monsters, in my opinion doesn't get the credit it deserves, and I'd love sequel. I think there's much that can be done with this universe. 

I'm giving this a 4 out of 5 zombie claws.


That's it for now darklings. Give the movie a watch and let me know what you think.


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