I’m finally working through my backlog of reviews that I meant to write and then never did. Oopsie. Well, today I bring you a movie that was a lot of fun to watch: Love and Monsters!
The Plot (according to Rotten Tomatoes):
Seven years after the Monsterpocalypse, Joel Dawson, along with the rest of humanity, has been living underground ever since giant creatures took control of the land. After reconnecting over the radio with his high school girlfriend, Aimee, who is now 80 miles away at a coastal colony, Joel begins to fall for her again. As Joel realizes that there’s nothing left for him underground, he decides to venture out to Aimee, despite all the dangerous monsters that stand in his way.
This was fun! Was it the best movie I have ever watched? No, but it’s perfect to entertain me for an afternoon. I’m not entirely sure I would watch it a second time, but that’s okay!
First of all, the cast is well chosen and Dylan O’Brien really nails it with his performance. He does play the lead in a story that we’ve seen in some way shape or form before and that more than once, but he does it with a lot of charm. Love and Monsters may not be the most inventive flick story-wise but it somehow plays that as a strength. This movie knows what it is, it knows how these kinds of movies work. But instead of just flat out ticking off cliché after cliché, they play with it well enough to be entertaining. We have all the ingredients we need, and every aspect that other films deemed necessary are included, but it still doesn’t feel to copy-paste here.
Not gonna lie, the premise of the story did make me roll my eyes a fair bit. He sets out to find the girl he likes, without telling her, without knowing if this is gonna work. But Love and Monsters twists this in a really charming way and ends everything in a place that I was quite happy with. It does help that the special effects/CGI in this are pretty good, but I’m curious to see how that’ll hold up in a couple of years. CGI has a tendency to look old and cringe-worthy really fast, but that is a problem for later.
I have a question. Did Love and Monsters remind someone else of Zombieland? Or was that just me? The films share some similarities but nevertheless, the story is very different. Yet for some reason, I got a similar vibe from both films – and that’s not a bad thing, I really like Zombieland!
All in all I can say that Love and Monsters gets a thumbs up from me. It’s cute and entertaining enough to pass a nice afternoon despite it probably not being the most memorable movie of all time. But things don’t have to be masterpieces to be enjoyable!
Did you watch the film? Let me know in the comments!