Movie Review: Love and Monsters (2020)

Synopsis: Seven years after monsters wiped out 95 percent of the human population and forced survivors underground, Joel has reconnected with his girlfriend, Aimee, via radio. Still in love with Aimee and feeling his colony doesn't need him, Joel decides to make the 85-mile journey to her colony despite having no survival skills.

Who's in it? The movie stars Dylan O'Brien, Jessica Henwick, Michael Rooker, Ariana Greenblatt and Dan Ewing.

Review: I came across this movie a few weeks ago and, even though I had never heard of it before, thought it sounded interesting enough to add to our movie library. My wife and I finally had a chance to watch it yesterday afternoon and I have to say the film exceeded my expectations.

My first thought was this movie reminded me a lot of the film Zombieland (one of my favorites) with giant monsters instead of zombies. However, as the film progressed, there were enough unique and entertaining things that made it enjoyable even without that comparison.

I think the thing I liked most about this movie was how helpless Joel (O'Brien) seemed. He wasn't just a bad shot with his crossbow, he would freeze up in fear at the sight of one of the creatures, making him the least likely person to survive on the surface. As a result of that, it was entertaining to watch him grow from someone who needed a lot of luck and help from strangers and a dog into someone who could do it on his own.

I also liked how the movie managed to keep from being predictable. I wasn't sure that would be the case at first but there were quite a few twists that made the ending a bit of a surprise, especially after he finally finds Aimee (Henwick). That, along with the way the movie managed to show the world's dangers while still managing to be upbeat and a bit funny, made it an entertaining way to spend a rainy afternoon.

Final Opinion: This was an entertaining movie that exceeded my expectations. In fact, I'd even take the time to watch a sequel, and that's saying something.

My Grade: A


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