Movie Review: The Dead Don't Die (2019)

Synopsis: Something isn't quite right in the small town of Centerville. The sun is setting much later than it normally does, domestic pets and livestock are acting strangely and, most importantly, the dead are rising from their graves.

Who's in it? The movie stars Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Selena Gomez, Tom Waits and Steve Buscemi.

Review: I don't remember putting this particular movie in my Netflix DVD queue and, as a result, was a bit surprised to see it arrive a few weeks ago. Since it was a longer film, it took my wife and I some time to watch it. We finally did that last night and it turned out to be better than expected.

I think the thing I liked best about this movie was the various residents in Centerville. This includes a police officer (Driver) who seems to realize they are in a movie, a funeral home director (Maya Delmont) who is both strange and a sword expert, a racist farmer (Buscemi) and a hermit (Waits) who serves as a narrator. It was fun watching their various reactions to the dead rising from their graves and how they handled both the zombies and the news the Earth had been thrown off its axis, which was the primary cause of all the problems.

My wife and I also got a bit of a kick out of the decision to have the zombies be obsessed over the same things they enjoyed when they were still alive, resulting in zombies that drank coffee, tried to play sports and walked around carrying their cell phones. It was a quirky touch that set it apart from pretty much every other zombie movie that is out there.

Even though this was a comedy and had spoof-like elements in it, the film also did work as a zombie movie. As the undead overran the town, it was hard to tell how the film was going to end, especially as the stars of the movie were being killed off one-by-one. This was a pleasant surprise for me because I fully expected this film to be predictable and dull.

Final Opinion: I didn't know what to expect when we started watching this movie (I didn't even know it was a comedy from the limited information I had) but it turned out to be an entertaining movie. It wasn't as good as Zombieland, but it was still worth taking the time to watch simply because it was somewhat unique.

My Grade: A


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