Reviews Love and Monsters Directed by Michael Matthews
Reviews Love and Monsters Dylan O’Brien’s charisma goes the distance in the fleeting, but fun enough apocalypse adventure “Love and Monsters,” which has the actor navigating an obstacle course of convenient twists, unabashedly cute characters, and mega-sized creepy crawlies.
He’s done well in a school of acting that has alums like Adam Brody and pre-Lars von Trier Shia LaBeouf—the art of being a little neurotic, with endearing self-deprecation taking the place of any stable cool—and this is an excellent display of O’Brien’s infectious imagination and comic energy.
Plus, director Michael Matthews places him in a vivid apocalypse in which we’re the ones in danger of being squished, as towering centipedes, snails, and slugs and more have wiped out 95% of the human population.
It’s a funny start then, how O’Brien begins “Love and Monsters” as a type of sidekick to
a whole team of sexually active, bad-ass apocalyptic fighters, and he’s the chef. Vengeful,
mutated animals might have been created from missiles that tried to shoot down a massive
asteroid seven years ago, but some things in life are constant—some folk shack up with others
quickly than others, and some people are much better at facing danger head-on. And then there’s
O’Brien’s lonely Joel, whose main skill is that he makes a good minestrone soup.
After he makes contact with an old love named Aimee (Jessica Henwick), who lives in a different colony 80 miles away, Joel decides to tackle the unknown danger of the outside world, and leave behind this makeshift family who seem to be in their own action movie.
Everyone warns against it, knowing that he freezes when he’s been face-to-slimy-face with
the monsters that have previously tried to break into the colony, but fear can be so tiring.
Credit to “Love and Monsters,” it makes an intriguing hero flaw out of simply being too scared.
Their survival of advice to Joel is a stern, “Don’t fight. Just run and hide.”
By sheer determination to be with someone he first said “I love you” to right before the apocalypse,
O’Brien’s Joel navigates his way through a new world, passing along cliff-sides that have been turned
into honeycomb, and through suburbs that have been swallowed whole by the greenery of nature.
While walking through a backyard, he’s attacked by a massive frog in a swimming pool, and is saved from its tongue by a quick-witted dog named Boy. It’s absolutely not the last time the movie will use convenient timing to save our hero, but it’s charming because of the dog, and the tight action sequence that unites them.
The “banter” that O’Brien shares with the dog after is a delicate expression ดูหนังออนไลน์ of Joel’s loneliness, and amicability. Boy is a good dog, and a good listener.
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