Grinning Skull at the movies: World War Z

4 Jul


Well, well well, I thought it was time to put up a review about the latest zombie movie everyone’s been talking about (mainly for negative reasons…) World War Z.

I had seen much about this movie on the net, before even seeing the film there were plenty of rumours and spoilers that I thought were going to cloud my opinions about it beforehand. Even so I hate pretty much anything with Brad Pitt in (well, just it’s Brad Pitt I can’t stand, he’s such a floppy haired dickhead…) I thought I should at least give the zombies a try, who doesn’t love zombies? Right?

Now, I haven’t read the Max Brooks book yet, and I was waiting for the film to come out, then read them (Yeah, I’m weird like that) to compare, that way I think I will appreciate the books more, since this cinematic effort is just a dire example of what hollywood deems to be a “zombie movie” (remember Warm Bodies, that was shit too)

I must like causing myself pain and suffering, because I really did try and watch it with an open mind, I wanted to be wrong about the swarming zombie ant, liquid poured effects, the poor story and script, ropey acting from Pitt and co, but the nails in the coffin for me at least, were mentions of the word “Zombie”, I mean come on, since when in decent zombie media of any type refers to the undead using the term? Walkers, runners, munchers, biters, ghouls etc are a mark of quality, albeit some might say an extra level of realism given to the setting by thoughtful writers to create more believeability to the thing. (Not that zombies are realistic anyway, but those involved in genre dabbling should at least try!) Using the word scores minus points in my book.

Without spoiling the end for you who haven’t seen it yet, or plan to, frankly it’s utter drivel, and so ridiculously cheesy, hooray for Brad, he saves the world! Nothing downbeat and signifiying the end of the human race here, everything works out for us! Gee, thanks Brad, it sure is swell you were here! What a load of bollocks! I’m just thinking of any good points, but it’s tricky! I thought the whole idea of the genre was that there was the impending doom of survival, not this crap. As the lyric from System of a Down’s song goes: you should have never trusted Hollywood. (to make a decent movie!)

Good points: Well, like I said not too many, a few good action bits, some odd bits of destruction here and there, high point for me zombie wise was how the infected went from being bitten etc, to rising as a zomer, that was OK. Still not enough to shout about.

I must add that there were parts I found pretty boring too, and when I get board, I have a habit of messing around in cinemas and such in situations like this, but I did resist the urge this time! Could it be World War ZZZZZzzzzzzzzz……

There are just so many things I dislike about this movie and it goes without saying on subsequent watching I fear there would be more faults I could pick (but I think I’ll be watching something else)


Please Brad, don’t adopt my children, you floppy haired c**t!

Note to Hollywood: It does not take a massive budget and big star to make a good zombie movie, most of the biggest films of the genre were made on tiny budgets. I get that the zombie bandwagon isn’t something that you’ve had much of an opportunity to exploit fully yet, and bastardise it to oblivion, so please take a hint from the past masters in the genre.

Wouldn’t it have been better to have called the film something else, thus eliminating the need for huge amounts to have been spent on the rights to the adaptation? Cast another lesser known, or even unknown actor to play the part of the hero too. Was it justified by casting Brad Pitt and spending more money for a film thats going to bomb (It’s no classic I tell ya!) You know all he’s going to do with his cash is buy some more orphans or something! Words cannot describe how disappointing this movie actually was for me, I wanted it to be OK, alas twas not to be!

Summing up after my vitriol. It’s shit.

I feel dirty and used that I spent my money on seeing it.

Watch it and be prepared to feel abused by the might of the studios and their latest mindf**k. (And I haven’t even told you what I thought about Man of Steel yet!!)

Grinning Skull rating: 1 frowning skull (1/10)

Enhanced by Zemanta

6 Responses to “Grinning Skull at the movies: World War Z”

  1. conordcfc July 4, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    Nice review! Check out mine when you get the chance 🙂


  2. Gavin Syme July 4, 2013 at 7:23 pm #

    Hello Grim,

    Nice review! I agree on most points but you were a lot more vocal than I would be about it.

    I have not seen Man of Steel as yet but I would like to see your review when the time comes, keep in mind the ‘overt Christian message’ in the film too that is all the rage on YouTube just now.



    • grimace73 July 5, 2013 at 12:48 am #

      Thanks! I honestly wanted to be wrong about WWZ, but I knew it was going to stink! Movie hype winds me up, how its always made to appear that the latest film is the be all and end all in cinema history, but leaves you unsatisfied when you realise that all the best bits are crammed into the trailer, and theres little more than that in the whole thing! Like i said before, my missus liked it, so at least she was entertained!
      Man of Steel is a better movie, but that too suffers from faults as well, I’ll have to check out youtube about the christian links, I hadn’t noticed them but I can see how its perceived that way (superman=jesus, saviour of earth/mankind, sacrifice etc) I still preferred the old ones to this (superman movies, not cthuloid nasties) Also its going to be interesting to see if Henry Cavill fares with the legendry “curse of superman”! ( suppose time will tell!



  1. Happy Birthday Grinning Skull! A year old Today!! | The Grinning Skull - July 31, 2013

    […] Grinning Skull at the movies: World War Z […]


  2. Miniature Design: Thoughts on the Oggam Militia | The Grinning Skull - August 3, 2013

    […] Grinning Skull at the movies: World War Z […]


  3. Grinning Skull Miniatures: My growing Oggam warhosts… | The Grinning Skull - August 20, 2013

    […] Grinning Skull at the movies: World War Z […]


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: