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Love and Monsters Review: Fun Post-apocalyptic Adventure

Love and Monsters Review:
Love and Monsters is a fun genre-mashing adventure with a charming lead performance, relatable themes, and entertaining plot, even if it follows the beaten path.

Love and Monsters is a movie that’s keenly aware that there are far too many apocalypse movies out there that their audience can predict how it will end. So instead of mounting a huge and nearly impossible task of reinventing the dystopian genre, it makes the best use of different ones.

Love and Monsters use the best of monster horror, action-adventure, dystopia, coming-of-age, and rom-com.

Joel Dawson nonchalantly narrates the backstory in the beginning. After all, it’s something that we all expected even in real life. Outer space finally stops teasing and a meteor hits the earth. Mankind is able to destroy it with a bunch of rockets but the fallout triggers a chain of mutations that turned every insect into a monster.

Dawson is fortunate enough to escape and ends up in a bunker where everyone is coupled up except him. He freezes up in critical moments, which also doesn’t make him any useful except for cooking minestrone and taking care of the cow. With no action in and out of the hideout for seven years, he decides to go out and find his highschool girlfriend.

It’s an 85-mile trek and Joel knows that its stupid and dangerous.

The CGI is a bit shoddy, but its silly-scary moments are also useful in moving the plot forward and adding details to its setting. The monsters aren’t unique but they fit the tone of the movie. Small details help in further fleshing out Joel’s world that it feels unique. In one scene, he has a heart to heart talk with a robot and watches Jellyfishes float in the air.

The whole thing is predictable but paced just right so its journey of a guy putting himself out there, not a dudebro who becomes Rambo overnight and takes one monster after another to get laid.

Dylan O’Brien delivers a charming performance as Joel. The rest of the cast add a mix of interesting characters, including Michael Rooker and Ariana Greenblatt. The movie riffs a bit off of Zombieland as the expert duo gives advice to add to Joel’s guide to the insect-infested world but at this point, the movie has developed enough of a personality of its own.

The movie doesn’t immediately give Joel an easy win. But, of course, Love and Monsters eventually follow the same beaten path of a hero journey.

Love and Monsters is not going to break new ground. But it’s still an enjoyable crowd-pleaser with a relatable character journey and universal themes – to find the courage to put yourself out there, find your people, and discover what really matters to you the most.

Love and Monsters

7.5

Love and Monsters is a fun genre-mashing adventure with a charming lead performance, relatable themes, and entertaining plot, even if it follows the beaten path.

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