Holy crap this movie was great! Okay maybe it wasn’t the greatest thing in the world but whenever you go into a movie like this feeling in the pits of your heart that you are about to watch something near and dear to you get destroyed by someone who has no idea what they are doing… And then get surprised to learn that is is actually everything that you would hope for it to be and more is truly one of the best feelings you could ever have after going to the theater. There were so many people (myself included) who were dreading the day that this came out. Brad Pitt staring in the film adaptation of Max Brook’s book by the same name? My word this can only end in absolute failure… Then we all had to collectively shove our respective feet into our mouths because this film was fantastic.
While not a perfect adaptation of Max Brooks’ book, this film has shocked the nation and thus far is easily the best Hollywood blockbuster to come out this year blowing the lid off of the poor conceived Man of Steel and the polished turd of The Great Gatsby. I’ll even go as far as to say that it is far better than Iron Man 3 though not to take anything away from Iron Man 3… World War Z is just simply superior. There is a lot to talk about so let’s not waste anymore time.
It Takes a Macro Approach to the Zombie Apocalypse and Presents it in a New and Clever Way
I love the concept of the story alone and how it takes a ‘macro’ or ‘world wide’ approach to the story telling. Usually for zombie stories all of the world wide panic and collapse is created in a montage or told in exposition dump form at the beginning of the film to set up the film for the story that is about to be told within it. These plots have a ‘micro’ approach to it, which includes the Walking Dead. That follows the story of Rick Grimes and Rick Grimes group. This story does follow Gerry (Brad Pitt) and his quest to find a cure but the entire film seems to center around what is happening to the world at large. How different countries are reacting to the spread of the plague. I love this. It shows in a very likely way how certain government bodies and people would react to an apocalyptic virus being unleashed upon them. I love the scenes where Pitt travels to Israel to find that they have walled off the city in order to protect their people. I also LOVE LOVE LOVE the fact that the leader of Israel when questioned why he is letting people into the city, his response is “Yes that means less zombies to fight.” FINALLY someone who isn’t a complete dick. I love zombie stories but I hate the fact that whenever a city like this is presented it is a walled off community that doesn’t let people in. This guy is actively seeking to let people in because that means less zombies to fight. Someone finally sees logic for a change.
The film also presents little exposition dumps of what other countries are doing to either stop the plague from spreading or preventing their people from getting the virus. One great moment is when a CIA agent says within the span of 24 hours North Korea was able to remove all of the teeth of its inhabitants thus preventing the spreading of the virus due to the fact that there are no teeth in which to spread it.
The book does this much better because it has more pages and more narrative at its disposal to tell. This film however does a fantastic in displaying the world around it in quick and encapsulating ways that really allows the atmosphere to grow.
It is NOT an Exact Recreation of the Book and the Film Benefits from This
The film has shades of Stanley Kubrick with the way that it recreated World War Z for filim. In order to make a film adaptation of this movie as close to the source material as possible would have been a terrible idea. Max Brooks’ book just has too much in it to translate to the silver screen. Stories and narratives that are intricate and need to be tied together that a film just cannot do in 2-3 hours.
The creators of this film in my opinion saw this and said… ‘You know we can’t make a shot for shot remake of this book. It would be terrible! Let’s take the idea of the book and the themes and use it to create a much better project.’ Sure you will have a few people saying that it isn’t a World War Z movie but other then that because it wasn’t an exact replica of the book it is able to compliment to the book in a far better way by being a fantastic movie and encourage people to read Max Brooks’ original work.
The Solution is Very Clever
I am not going to give away any spoilers here for anyone who has not seen the movie or read the book but I love the solution to the zombie problem. It is one that feels very plausible and is something that I for one have never seen before and in all honesty would probably never even think to come up with for a zombie themed story. Very smart and very well done.
The Amount of ‘Bad’ Things that Happen to Pitt’s Character Begins to Erode the Suspension of Disbelief
I guess you could chalk this up to the fact that if all of this stuff didn’t happen then we wouldn’t have a movie but I really do get tired of the ‘everything imaginably bad happens to the protagonist’ schtick. It feels like everywhere Brad Pitt goes bad shit is bound to happen. The opening scene… Okay I buy that shit got real and it happened really fast. The first moment when they land in South Korea… Okay I buy it. Zombies were everywhere and they knew shit would happen. Israel who up until this moment managed to be zombie free is attacked when zombies pull a Starship Troopers and climb over each other just to get to the top of the wall and climb over… Okay now you are testing my common sense.
The plane has one zombie in it which causes the whole fucking plane to be brought down by the zombies. The plane is totaled yet the Israeli soldier Segen (Daniella Kertesz) and Gerry are the only survivors and only suffered minor injuries in the grand scheme of things… Okay now this is just getting ridiculous. The amount of bad things that happen to this guy is simply astonishing.
It is a bit of a nitpick but I did find it annoying.
This film could have been and for all intents and purposes was written off to be a Summer Box Office disaster. At most I thought it would make a decent earning but the film itself actually suck. But instead… What I saw was a well made movie, with well done visuals, and a very interesting and compelling story that complimented the book and by far is the best film to come out this summer.
Final Score 4/5
That is another review. Check back tomorrow where I will be tackling another new IP that is sweeping the nation, The Last of Us
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