Ellie’s review published on Letterboxd:
This is my first Zack Snyder film in about 11 years so on one hand I could be some kind of stranger to Zack BUT I saw his magical owl war movie in theaters and was so affected that I went home and spent all my money on 3 Owl City songs, burned them onto a CD, and listened to them on repeat for a month. Zack Snyder changed my life, folks.
Anyway, this movie is weird!. Tig Notaro digitally floats around this film like a wraith transposed from somewhere else, altering the course of our heroes' paths. Super funny shit. The first 15 minutes are phenomenal, we get a great sense of the world. There's a really interesting vibe with how this is two and a half hours long and yet somehow incomplete; the gaps being filled with unnecessariness incarnate. Impressive action, occasionally working melodrama. I can't deny Zack has qualities as a filmmaker but he's also very indulgent to a point where a film that is seemingly under his control also feels like it's been dissected by a studio. The vaseline smear shallow focus (is that what its called?) made for some good visuals sometimes but for the most part it felt like an adobe premiere setting that got applied equally across nearly every shot regardless of whether it worked or not. I spent a good amount of time praying to the Snyder gods to include certain things and it would be a roll of the dice as to whether or not they happened. "Please let the zombie tiger do [really cool thing]" and lo there it was! "please let the ending be really good!" and it was so bad that it soured most of the movie for me.
I feel bad not having much else to say beyond that I enjoyed it more than I was expecting to and yet less than I was hoping. This is the definition of a big budget b-movie and anything zombie related that is at the bare minimum half assed works out well for me. I can't hate Army of The Dead! And yet! I can hardly remember half of it either. I'm [Generic Film Critic] and this has been [Generic Film Criticism] Reviews. Hit the uhh subscribe button down below, remember to hit that bell and maybe check out the patreon sometime! I liked it when the german stereotype and Omari Hardwick did anything together! goodnight!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!