Shaun of the Dead
When Britcom meets zombie movies, expect to slurp on your cuppa with delight. In the sloppy, never-out-of-adolescence life of two North London buddies Shaun and Ed, the universe resolves around the local pub, the Winchester.Updated: Aug 27, 2010 23:59 IST
Shaun of the Dead
Shemaroo/Studio Canal, Rs 199
Rating: 4 stars
When Britcom meets zombie movies, expect to slurp on your cuppa with delight. In the sloppy, never-out-of-adolescence life of two North London buddies Shaun and Ed, the universe resolves around the local pub, the Winchester. This overt-amity between two men in their late 20s causes a rift between Shaun and his girlfriend Liz — the last straw being Shaun forgetting to book a restaurant table for their anniversary dinner. But all this slack and tension goes into the Priority No. 51 box when as a result of debris from space, Londoners start turning into zombies. Edgar Wright’s brilliant comedy sidesteps recent Hollywood mainfestations of the ‘zombedy’ genre such as the more surreal Woody Harrelson-starring Zombieland and settles down in chippie’n’gore zone. Simon Pegg (How to Lose Friends and Alienate People, Run, Fatboy, Run as Shaun is bewilderingly brilliant as is Nick Frost playing Slacker King. Bill Nighy makes a P.G. Wodehouse-ish appearance as Shaun’s stepfather. All in all, a film set to be a cult classic in which the final showdown at the Winchester is worthy of the climax of Gunfight at OK Corral — if Gary Cooper was replaced by Norman Wisdom.
Moser Baer, Rs 149
Rating: 3 stars
The akharas have it! In this neat film that was a super flop in the box office, director T.K. Rajeev Kumar conflates the Hindi indie movie and a desi-down-to-the-chhattu version of 36 Chambers of Shaolin to take us to a wrestling-crazy village where two rival factions of wrestlers – one headed by Avtar Singh (Sharat Saxena) and the other by Jiten Singh (Om Puri) – clash regularly in front of a giant statue of Hanuman. In this dust and muscle terrain arrives the new postmaster Chander, played with hangdog charm by Rajpal Yadav (Main Madhuri Dixit Banna Chahti Hoon, Main, Meri Patni Aur Who). To add to the complexity of this dimunitive simpleton’s woes, he falls madly in love with Avtar Singh’s Salman Khan-besotted daughter, Laadli(Nargis Bhageri). Full throttle, small town rom-com with its moments ensues. The script is tight and the production quality top notch. And just when you were wondering why they didn’t have the Great Khali of WWE fame guest star in the flick, Rajeev Kumar has him in his film in the key climactic scene fighting against loverboy Chander. You can throw the other ‘free DVD’ of Mujhe Kucch Kehna Hai with Kushti out of the window.
First Published: Aug 27, 2010 23:56 IST