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Film Review: Little Monsters (2019)

Little Monsters (2019) is a horror-comedy that takes a twist on the Zombie story. Directed by Abe Forsythe, this film stars Lupita Nyong’o, Alexander England and Josh Gad. When a Zombie outbreak hits a farm, kindergarten teacher Miss Caroline (Nyong’o) and her assistant for the trip, Dave (England) have to find a way out of the farm and protect the class of little children.

Little Monsters (2019) – source: Altitude Film Distributions

The main reason to check this film out is for Lupita Nyong’o, who is perfectly cast in this film. She is incredibly convincing as this lovely kindergarten teacher who also has layers to her, whether it is being badass in these battles against the Zombies or having to act brave and not show how terrified she is of the situation. Alexander England also gives a great breakout performance here as Dave and I enjoyed seeing his character progress throughout the film.

The comedy in this film works best when the situation is the main force of humour. There is something about this particular situation that seems dangerous, but also hilarious to watch from the perspective of the adults and not the children. It places us in the situation, making us wonder how we would react to a Zombie apocalypse in a moment when we have to be calm and keep children entertained and feel safe. The children in this film have some of the best moments and are incredibly fun to watch as well.

For a 90 minute film, the time flew by quickly with this story. It was quite a simple concept, so I was worried that it would drag on or not need that length of time, but they managed to flesh it nicely with little side-plots and character arcs which did not feel forced and unnecessary. I found the extra stories to weave in nicely with each other, creating a natural pace for the film and the film overall never felt too long or short.

Little Monsters (2019) – source: Altitude Film Distributions

The set-up for this film does go into stereotypical plots and the characters do feel a little over-the-top here, particularly Dave at the start. This film is completely predictable, from its motives and themes to the journeys that the characters go through. The story can feel repetitive and formulaic for a comedy like this, but the location and journey is so refreshing for a genre like this that I can still have fun with the concept and the story overall.

For a film that is all about a Zombie outbreak, I would have liked a little more action and fun to have been had with this idea overall. This is the concept that makes this film unique to most comedies of this type, and yet it takes no risks with the creature design. I never felt a threat from these Zombies, as I just felt that they were incredibly weak and played out for a gimmick rather than a serious villain here.

The character of Teddy McGiggle, played by Josh Gad, is a fun idea that is just extremely poorly written here. I do not blame Gad here for this, as he gives everything that he has to a character that is just completely obnoxious and is clearly over-exaggerated just for the shock value. For the first few minutes, I could accept and laugh along with the story of his character. However, his character never changes or progresses through the film in the slightest and he just continues to swear and be as shocking and vulgar as they could push with him. A less obvious and annoying character, even if he is meant to be annoying, would have made for a stronger character for him.

Little Monsters (2019) – source: Altitude Film Distributions

At first, I wasn’t sure what I was going to make of this film. It is very simple in concept, and there are certain aspects that I just simply did not enjoy. However, the heart in this film is loud and Lupita Nyong’o and Alexander England captivate you from the moment they are on screen. As a comedy, I did find myself laughing and that is why, especially since it is streaming right now on Now TV in the UK, I would recommend this as a fun little film to play.


Have you had a chance to check out Little Monsters yet? Did you enjoy this presentation of a zombie comedy, or did you find it forced and not funny? Let me know in the comments section and let’s have a discussion.

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