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Enough Meat On This To Warrant a View
on 1 February 2013
Dawn of the Dead, Shaun of the Dead and now we have Juan of the Dead- Cuba's take on the zombie comedy.
Juan is from the same stable as Shaun and America's effort Zombieland. The characters all cut from the same bread- you know, losers and comedians who could do better in life now faced with saving humanity and killing zombies in any way possible.
The characters do take time to warm too, but once they do then you will be rewarded with the effort. Some of the jokes and of course there are plenty are pretty funny, and the script makes no attempt not to poke fun at Cuban life and history.
The downside to films like these are the jokes and scenarios you can see coming a million miles away, and unfortunetly there are plenty of examples of these. There is also I suppose inevitably heavy usage of CGI- mostly used for the zombie kills. CGI still looks videogame fake.
The DVD cover will claim that the movie is AMAZING and AWESOME this is only partially true.
However Juan is way better than the car crash that was Cockneys V Zombies, and I do prefer this to the overrated Zombieland. Is it better than Shaun? Probably not, but it does run it close.
Juan is certaintly worth a view, because the charcaters are quite likable and there is a good sharp wit in the humour that when it works is well worth watching.