Watched Love and Monsters (2020) from letterboxd.com
Seven years after the Monsterpocalypse, Joel Dawson, along with the rest of humanity, has been living underground ever since giant creatures took control of the land. After reconnecting over radio with his high school girlfriend Aimee, who is now 80 miles away at a coastal colony, Joel begins to fall for her again. As Joel realizes that there’s nothing left for him underground, he decides against all logic to venture out to Aimee, despite all the dangerous monsters that stand in his way.

For me, this is one of those movies that turns “ratings” on it’s head.

I have to give this four stars on the basis that it, in my eyes, it does everything just right. It does exactly what it sets out to do, it’s tight (in terms of economy and timing), it looks good, the dialogue is good. It also sticks steadfastly to it’s own “rules”.

People will draw comparisons with Zombieland but that’s pretty lazy in my opinion. The lead characters are polar opposites in two main ways: aptitude and likeability. I think a lot of people will also see Michael Rooker’s character as some sort of budget Tallahassee and that, also, would be an incredibly superficial comparison. And, this is not a comedy being played for laughs.

This is, comparatively, a solid three star movie. It doesn’t have the budget (for effects and cast) to elevate it above that. It doesn’t have a “worthy” cause or lesson that it wants to bring to your attention. In fact it is pretty devoid of gravitas. It’s not going to enlighten you.

But for what it is compared to what it wants to be, I can’t fault it.

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