Carl the Critic: Reviews "Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil"
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"Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil"
Experience/Expectations: My fellow reviewer somnambulist876 wrote a review for a movie called "Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil" and I was very interested, but I never heard of it before. I asked everyone I knew who loved horror films as much as I do and they never heard of it either. So I decided to look into it and see if it was as good as somnambulist876 has said.
Story: College students decide that it's a great time to go camping where they run into two red-necks named Tucker and Dale. When the College students decide to go skinny dipping, and one of them, Allison, falls into the water and hits her head on a rock, where Tucker and Dale are fishing. When the dumb college students see Tucker and Dale rescuing Allison they assume that the hillbillies are serial killers and feel like instead of calling the police, they should rescue their friend from these monsters. Meanwhile Dale and Tucker are trying to help Allison recover from her head injury. But this all leads to many misunderstandings, such as when Tucker is sawing a tree that is full of CG Hornets and they start attacking him, and Tucker runs frantically with a chainsaw in his hands making him look like Leatherface.
Critique: The film tries to be funny and for the most part it is, but I didn't really laugh as much as I had anticipated. One of the film's tag lines says that it's "'Shawn of the Dead' meets 'Texas Chainsaw Massacure'" which is a pretty bold statement to make about a movie, it's like saying "The Social Network" is like "Adventureland" meets "Citizen Kane."
There are other things I can criticize the film for like having a 40 year old looking man hook up with 20-something year old girl, the camera that was used to shoot this was a Red One Digital camera (which is a great digital camera to use, but this film was in need of color correction, because you can clearly notice some of the major visual artifacts that make Dale look like he has some sort of rare skin disease), and some of the gags were a bit predictable.
That said I actually did enjoy "Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil", it has some original parts to it, and although it doesn't remind me of "Shawn of The Dead" at all it reminds me of another movie/story I love; "Beauty and the Beast". You see Dale has self image issues, sees himself as an ugly hillbilly, but he falls in love with Allison who is young and attractive. Allison and Dale become more and more attracted to each other meanwhile there is a third character (a college kid named Chad) who acts like a Gaston like character, someone who is jealous that a girl like Allison would fall for a beast like Dale. But as the story progresses, it is Chad who is more of a monster than than Dale, and without wishing to spoil his attempts at killing Dale do not go very well.
The cinematography itself is good for a horror film, the editing is well paced, and overall the actors were good.
So as a horror movie freak I give "Tale and Ducker" a high recommendation to anyone who enjoys a good original horror film, with heart and a good message about going after your dreams, (unless that dream has something to do with committing a major crime, or sexually harass a close relative.)
Overall: So with all that is said I gave "Tucker and Dale" an 8.0 out of 10.
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