Love and Monsters (2021) Review

Certificate: PG 13

Director: Michael Matthews

Screenwriter: Brian Duffield, Matthew Robinson

Starring: Dylan O’Brien, Jessica Henwick, Michael Rooker

Genre: Action, Adventure

Runtime: 109 Minutes

Language: English

Rating: 3.5 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

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Seven years after the Monsterpocalypse, Joel Dawson (Dylan O’Brien), 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 (Jessica Henwick), 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. – From IMDB

Well, wasn’t this a pleasant surprise.  I was expecting this to be ridiculous, I mean, the premise does sound a little ridiculous!  But Dylan O’Brien manages to be one of the most relatable and likeable characters I have watched in a while, and it is his portrayal of this character that makes this film as likeable as it is.

This film is basically for those people who scoff at all the apocalyptic movies and gripe that there is no way people would act that way, and no one is that well adjusted after the world ends.  I know these people, because I am one of those people.  Post Apocalyptic movies always show survivors as the toughened, battle ready soldiers, here we get to see what an average, human person would be like if they had to face the end of the world.  A little awkward, a little naïve, and shit scared of absolutely everything.  And yet somehow he still survives.  That the message I need in an end of the world movie.

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It would have been really easy for O’Brien’s character to become irritating.  His constant chatter and jokes are prime material for making him a real pain In the ass.  But the writing is clever, and his interpersonal relationships make him a joy to watch. 

Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty about this film that is just plain out silly.  And I am not a huge fan of the overcoming everything for love plot line that runs throughout the film.  There are also a whole ton of pop culture easter eggs and references throughout that I can’t tell if they are intentional or just plain rip offs, but I found a lot more here to love than I thought I would.

‘Love and Monsters’ is streaming now on Netflix.

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