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Pick of the Week: “Love and Monsters”
Director Michael Matthews’ sophomore feature is one of the few pleasant surprises of an otherwise disappointing 2020. A fun and inventive genre flick that never takes itself too seriously, “Love and Monsters” plays like a spiritual successor to “Zombieland,” deftly blending comedy, horror and action with a coming-of-age love story. Dylan O’Brien delivers a solid performance as the film’s lead (with his voiceover narration providing some of the biggest laughs), while Michael Rooker and Ariana Greenblatt provide ample support as a pair of survivors who rescue O’Brien and train him on how to survive a post-apocalyptic landscape swarming with mutated creepy-crawlies. The creature design and visual effects are also fantastic for a movie that was made on a relatively small budget, proving that you don’t need big money to produce an entertaining spectacle. “Love and Monsters” is an absolute blast from start to finish, and it’s one that’s destined to become a cult classic.
Extras include a pair of behind-the-scenes featurettes and some deleted scenes. FINAL VERDICT: BUY