The Movie: 8/10
It is fun. Have some fun. Time for some FUN. Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is FUN FUN FUN stuff. End of review….or maybe not.
Yes, I enjoyed this movie a lot. It’s got zombies, teenagers who are almost hate-able but manage to make me not want to see them succumb to the flesh-eating masses. It’s not genius or anything, but hey, what is? It’s got booby jokes that make you think it’s about time we stop making booby jokes, but to be fair there is a pretty big dick joke, times they are’a’changing. It’s all for the love of the joke, the gag, the bit, the laugh, the chuckle, the giggle, and I’m fine with that. It commits to what it is, hoaky and weird and harkening back to movies like Return of the Living Dead. It’s farcical but not so much that I got bored. They balanced the jokes and the well performed roles by people who seemed to be having as much of a yuck as the rest of us.
We meet our scouts as they are trying to recruit, and it’s hard times baby. No one wants to be a scout. The three friends are set for a camp out when they stumble back to a world where the only ones left are a bunch of seniors, not the grey haired kind, the teenager kind, at an all night rave. Handy. They find a few adults, but not many, and along the way they find a few things like their friendship revived, a couple of interesting zombies we have not seen before, and a revisit to the “Nerds are actually more cool than jocks” theme.
I can find fault with this movie, but yes I did give it an 8, but it got an 8 because it’s super FUN..are you not reading this review? It trumps deep thinking and dark emotions. It beats down the thoughtful dramas and speculative science fiction, all with one thing….can you guess? Starts with and F. Do not underestimate the power of having a good laugh even if you think you are intellectually superior, get over yourself and just relax. This is coming from someone who has been told, “You have no sense of humor.” I am not amused very easily, therefore Scouts has perked my mood on these types of movies considerably.
The cast is great, the dialogue is actually quite good for the route we are taking with our band of survivalists, and the music is pure movie magic. I will say that if I had to pick it apart at all I would point out there is not a lot of scouting happening. We get a couple of montages, but they get us to the action pretty quickly. I would like a whole TV series, “The Walking Dead: Scouts In Charge”. I can feel it’s going to be a hit already. Another thing would be the young ladies are all sexed up to the point of being almost ridiculous. We can grow up now people, dick and boob jokes are not what make me laugh at this movie. It’s all the other moments that don’t need to focus on a body part or turn a smart brave young woman into a jiggling female with a shot gun…ugh.
Just see this movie for goodness sake. If you don’t smile once, I’ll give you some advice for free. Here’s your free advice, see this movie again and lighten up!
- Scouts Guide To Film-Making (30 Minutes) – A decent look at the making of the movie, fun fact this was going to be a PG Nickelodeon movie at one point.
- The Zombie Makeup FX Handbook (6 Minutes) – Greg Nicotero of walking dead fame talks about the makeup and CGI blend used to bring these zombies to life.
- Undead Movement Guidelines: Zombie Choreography (5 Minutes) – Mark Steger the Choreographer on the film tells us about the zombies moves.
- Uniforms And You: Costume Design (5 Minutes) – The design of the movies costumes, including those awesome scout badges are discussed here.
- Deleted Scenes (2 Minutes) – Two deleted scenes one a longer version of the scouts educational film and another that takes place in a pharmacy.
- DVD & UV Digital Copy
Cover Art: 6/10
I am not a fan of this type of cover. The painted characters are kind of boring, and I am artsy fartsy, so there ya go. I would have it as a poster though, just because I liked the movie so much.
Audio & Video: 8/10
A Scout’s Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse is a great looking film on Blu-ray from the folks over at Paramount. The 1080P AVC encoded transfer looks on par for a brand new digitally shot movie. Fine detail makes the film look like it has a higher budget than it does with extreme close up detail on faces and zombies. Colors are rich especially the blood drenched zombies and neon colored strip club we visit half way through the movie. I saw a little noise in some of the dark scenes but its camera noise not transfer noise.
The DTS-HD Master Audio track used here brings the movie to life for the most part. There are a few scenes that sound tinny or looped and the music in one of the film’s key sequences is mixed so high a lot of dialog is lost. Surround sound is always great though with the final pool scene being a treat for the ears. This won’t wow you like a big hollywood blockbuster but does the job of bringing the scouts home.
Overall Score 8/10