I stayed up far too late last night watching a movie with Son #1. It all started when we watched the latest trailer for Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World.
I could definitely write more about that later because I love everything Michael Cera is doing in this clip, but the trailer led us back to Shaun Of The Dead which Son #1 had never seen. So I cued it up and we settled in.
First up, it’s funnier than I remember. I remembered it being clever, which is good, but I didn’t remember it being so funny. Son #1 is a good audience and he ell-oh-elled his giant socks off.
There’s something about Simon Pegg. He plays lovable losers. The lovable loser has fallen out of fashion in recent years. Most actors wouldn’t thank their agents for putting them up for the part. These days the lovable loser is usually too charismatic or smart to be a true loser. George Clooney’s performances in Out of Sight and Ocean’s Eleven are just too watchable. Jack Foley and Danny Ocean are supposed to be lovable losers. You want to believe that their characters are flawed enough to get them into trouble, but you can’t. Because it’s George.
Simon Pegg takes the lovable loser back to his roots. Simon Pegg is Charlie Brown. His performance in Shaun Of The Dead lands just the right side of dork. There can’t be many vehicles that will exploit Pegg’s clueless charm as beautifully as Shaun Of The Dead. You might want to try Run, Fatboy, Run. It’s pretty good, but it’s no Shaun.
The verdict from Son #1 was that Shaun Of The Dead was proper good. He may finally be ready for The Godfather (Parts I and II).