Army of the Dead

Army of the Dead ★★★★★

Had just as much fun with this one second time around. A lot of people seem to have an issue with the length and pacing, but I dunno man, this thing just flies for me! After watching it in theaters the weekend it was released, I went home and re-watched the opening 16 minutes that were released online. So that makes this the third time I’ve seen that shot in the opening credits where the zombie standing on the hood of the car just gets blown to fucking smithereens, and it has made me laugh out loud each time.

I don’t think Snyder, who typically has films with such striking cinematography, did himself any favors by acting as his own DP. I don’t know what it is, but every once in a while an established filmmaker will decide to do their own cinematography for the first time. Sometimes that goes well (Roma, Phantom Thread), and sometimes it goes I’d say just okay (Death Proof, Inland Empire, Army of the Dead, each forays into horror territory oddly enough). I don’t think he does a bad job necessarily, but he doesn’t exactly make a pretty movie.

I love the references to other horror films that Snyder makes, and whether intentional or not, I either got strong vibes or clearly direct references to:

An American Werewolf in London
Aliens
From Dusk till Dawn
Assault on Precinct 13
Demons
Ghosts of Mars

I think the movie is a blast, it’s great to see Snyder back in the world of the living dead, and I’d be happy with a sequel!