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‘Love and Monsters’ Movie Review: Comedy, Action and Romance in One

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Dylan O'Brien

Dylan O’Brien got to use all his training from the Maze Runner films and American Assassin to survive this new and unfriendly world in Love and Monsters.

It’s been seven years since monsters have taken over the world and a young man is tired of not having a romantic relationship. He sets out on a trip to find his girlfriend, separated from when the chaos started.

From the get-go, the movie has a similar feel as How to Train Your Dragon. As Joel is awkward, not too strong, Dylan O’Brien is more apt to get himself and his living companions eaten than he is to save them from a dangerous fate. Joel is the narrator in the movie, and he sets the stage to get us to the point in the film where we get to see the action go down.

The visuals of the movie are wonderful. It starts with hand-drawn animation, but they also employ practical effects and CGI.

The practical effects are outstanding, and I love how they showed the audience the monsters and didn’t just let them lurk in the dark. This film’s premise is that bugs get ridiculously large and aggressive; they take over the world as the dominant species.

O’Brian’s acting is superb in this film because he could pull off the semi-helpless character really well, but we also get to see growth from him. We get to see him learn more about himself, which makes his character enjoyable to go on an adventure with.

There are a few other fun characters in this movie as well. Clyde (played by Michael Rooker) is a fellow survivor. He is tough, worldly, and knows that it takes to survive, but he is also compassionate and has a caring nature.

Clyde’s character reminds me of Zombieland because he also has a set of rules that his companions need to adhere to if they want to survive.

There is also a young girl named Minnow (played by Ariana Greenblatt) who is tougher than Joel. I love her interactions with him and how her role morphs as their relationship grows.

Verdict

Love and Monsters scored an impressive 91% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film has comedy, action, some sci-fi and a bit of romance. Overall the movie is fun to watch, and your eyes will be glued to the screen.

John DeFore from The Hollywood Reporter wrote Love and Monsters is “A happy-go-lucky adventure through an apocalyptic danger zone.”

Although there are some parts towards the end where it becomes predictable, it does not ruin the ride. I enjoyed some of the heartfelt moments on this well. The movie has a run time of an hour and 49 minutes, but the whole plotline is not dragging, so it does not feel that long.

David Ehrlich from IndieWire wrote, “Michael Matthews’ “Love and Monsters” is the rarest kind of movie these days: A fun, imaginative, genre-mashing adventure that was made with a modest amount of big studio money.”

Sieeka Khan is a freelance that specializes in politics, world news, health, entertainment and crime. As an aspiring journalist, she focuses on delivering the truth with solid facts and in publishing breaking news with no bias and prejudice.

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