Author: Angelo Handabak
I remember watching the trailer for this film a while ago, it got me pretty excited because I like Aubrey Plaza, she is a great comedic actress in such roles as Park and Recreation, the To Do List and Mystery Team to name a few... So you can see that having seen her in a few films and shows I had pretty good expectations for this film.
So Life After Beth takes the romantic comedy genre and adds a bit of Horror in the mix. However this is nothing new, we have already seen this made in Warm Bodies, so I was thinking we would see something like this in the movie, anyway let's review this film.
Life After Beth starts of with a risk by having the main protagonist killed off right in the beginning, the reason I think this is a risk is because it lacked introduction. After that scene we see the funeral where we get introduced to the rest of the cast, there we start getting to know a little bit of the relationship of the characters. However even knowing the character we lack a little establishing in the rules, just leaves a lot of loose ends. How the zombies come back to live, why do they like the attic or why they like jazz music... I needed to have those questions answered. It moved to fast without finishing one plot point. To see this cast all together and not being used to their advantage was a bit disappointing, I feel like the characters didn't connect well with each other, felt like they where all over the place.
All in all I didn't mind the film that much, obviously I did expect a little more having such cast, but this is Jeff Baena's first directorial piece which he also wrote, so I will be keeping an eye on his work, his previous work I Heart Huckabees was great, so he definitely has a lot of writing potential.
Presented in DTS 5.1, sound was well used in the film. Realistic sounding gun shot and good use of music to accompany the emotional scenes.
Smooth camera work can be seen throughout the film, colours really stand out and some good use of wide shots in the beginning in the hiking scene and towards the end.
M: 2.5 out of 5
A: 3 out of 5
V: 3.5 out of 5