Army of the Dead

Army of the Dead ★★★★

Okay, important thing first: not my favorite Snyder needle-drops, but always glad to have them. Viva Las Vegas, while appropriately on-the-nose, doesn’t hold a candle to Johnny Cash. Although, just having a stylish opening credits scene again was so refreshing. (But seriously, I was sitting on pins and needles waiting for The Gambler and never got it! Give us the trailer songs in these movies Dangit)

There’s more than a few jokes that don’t land, and several dozen instances of characters saying and doing things that just don’t make any sense, but holy shit Army of the Dead is a blast and a half. There’s some incredibly gnarly gore, the action scenes are all genuinely exciting, and I didn’t find any of the characters grating. One character death in particular was legitimately shocking. There’s even some awesome zombie imagery such as an undead wearing tunics, brandishing a spear and helmet, riding a decaying steed and being followed by a rotting tiger. 

I wasn’t really anticipating Zack to work through some trauma in the middle of his meathead genre movie, but it honestly worked really well and grounded everything around it. I enjoyed the hell out of this.

2021 belongs to Snyder.

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