In a time of crisis, at least we have romantic drama Love and monstersabout a shy young man trying to brave a monster apocalypse to reunite with his high school crush. Unexpectedly well done and consistently entertaining, it’s a little surprising that Paramount didn’t advertise this heavily when it was released.
With impressive visual effects, unique creature design and a simple story that knows and respects its limits. Love and monstersDirected by Michael Matthews, it might not be the most incredible movie to wake audiences, but it’s a perfect movie to enjoy at home during a pandemic.
Dylan O’brien -> Actor (The labyrinth runner) plays Joel, who is trapped with several people in an underground bunker. Joel is known to freeze instead of fighting. He has bigger problems: all of his bunker mates are linked together, so he’s the strange man. Fortunately, he’s in radio contact with his old flame Aimee (Jessica Henwick), who is only 60 miles away. Frustrated – romantic and certainly sexual – he decides to put his fears aside and seek love, even if it is likely to kill him.
Love and monstersyou can say it wants to be somehow Zombie land. Although Matthews takes his entire storyline more seriously, he treats the material with a light-hearted hand when there is such a thing as a light-hearted hand. The script by Brian Duffield and Matthew Robinson has a small dose of humor and enough strange interactions with people and monsters to keep you busy. But it’s nowhere near as fun as it could have been, and maybe Love and monsters Matthews never meant to say that he never quite wanted to figure out the tone of the film.
Even, Love and monsters maintains a constant level of entertainment that was largely absent from direct-to-video releases this year. The monster sequences are full of energy; They are fun to see, and the creature design is easy to admire too. The world feels fully realized too, all the more impressive given the film’s modest $ 30 million budget.
O’Brien is a strong protagonist who cleverly balances between the seriousness of the apocalypse around him and the silliness of the overall concept. He seems to be constantly navigating both sides, and while the film doesn’t quite hit the most effective tone, O’Brien is a good starting point to work with what he’s been given.
Without going into the details, it would have been nice to see the film lean into the film love Part of its title just a little more. As I understand the direction the story is going Love and monsters could have afforded a little more creativity on the romantic side.
Love and monsters is the film we need right now. Fun, entertaining, and creative – it’s a pandemic movie for people fed up with the pandemic – and indie dramas and theater throwaways. Although originally intended for a theatrical release itself, Love and monsters feels like the perfect movie for video-on-demand distribution. And I mean that well.
Rating by Erik Samdahl, unless otherwise stated.