Army of the Dead

Army of the Dead ★★★★

All kinds of people I didn’t know (besides Bautista, Sanada and Juice from SOA) being awesome in an awesome movie. I don’t remember the last time I came away from a movie where I just gushed over so many actors I previously wasn’t familiar with and just had to look up everyone afterwards. The best being Nora Arnezeder, who plays The Coyote. And a lot of this is due to Zack Snyder just getting it. Getting what makes action/horror/adventure movies good and what makes the characters in them appealing. The makeup effects are awesome. The villain is friggin’ awesome. It is a very good honor to Romero sensibilities. 

The post-Apocalypse feel to this, where caped & skele-masked madmen are just running wild (and sometimes on horseback) in an immaculately designed wasteland isn’t made with an ounce of laziness. The movie is creative, attentive and detail oriented. It surely ain’t afraid to take its time. This works because the smallest step in an big, elaborate set piece is shown to be just as important as it allows tension to build within and from character. And this movie has a lot of that. Plus a pretty sweet needle drop.

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