Love And Monsters(2020)
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Joel wakes to finally see Aimee. She leads a beach colony of elderly survivors who depend on her. He is introduced to the survivors, as well as Brooks \"Cap\" Wilkinson, a ship captain, and his crew. As everyone celebrates their imminent departure, Aimee confesses she is glad to see Joel, but has become a different person and is still mourning someone she was in love with. Joel decides to return to his colony, contacting them on the radio and learning that it has become unsafe and that they too must leave. Cap sends Joel some berries, which he recognizes as poisonous. Realizing Cap is not to be trusted, he rushes to warn Aimee but is knocked unconscious.
In June 2012, it was announced that Paramount Pictures was developing the film Monster Problems, with Shawn Levy producing, based on a spec script by Brian Duffield. It was described as a post-apocalyptic road movie in the vein of Mad Max and Zombieland with a John Hughes-esque love story.
Hollywood is no stranger to all manner of post-apocalyptic dystopian movies, but Paramount's new film Love and Monsters takes the genre in a much more light-hearted direction, following a lovesick young man as he ventures through a world of monsters. Directed by Michael Matthews (Five Fingers for Marseilles) from a script by Brian Duffield (The Babysitter) and Matthew Robinson (Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Monster Trucks) from a story by Duffield, it's set in a post-apocalyptic world where much of humanity has died out and Earth is overrun with giant creatures. Love and Monsters may not be a wholly fresh concept, but a clever script and Dylan O'Brien's charm make for a super fun adventure comedy.
In Love and Monsters, O'Brien stars as Joel Dawson, a 24-year-old who's been living in a bunker underground with a group of fellow survivors since the 'Monsterpocalypse' seven years prior. When he reconnects with his high school girlfriend Aimee (Jessica Henwick) over radio, he impulsively decides to travel the 85 miles to her colony and reunite with his love. The problem is, Joel doesn't have much in the way of fighting skills or killer instincts. That doesn't deter him, though, and thankfully he meets up with a dog named Boy who helps keep him safe, and a pair of survivors - Clyde (Michael Rooker) and Minnow (Ariana Greenblatt) - who teach him how to stay alive. Although Joel must contend with the monsters on the surface of the Earth, he's also facing the insecurity of whether he made the right decision to leave his colony and find Aimee, and it remains to be seen whether he'll survive the monsters - or his love.
Although Love and Monsters is somewhat of a high concept sci-fi story, it works because it follows classic conventions and explores universal themes of love, rejection and discovering where you belong in the world. It doesn't go too deep into these themes, but there's enough exploration of the human experience in Love and Monsters to give it some depth, making it more substantial than just monster movie spectacle. It also helps that Love and Monsters is anchored around a classic type of story, that being a boy and his dog - though in this case, Joel and Boy are battling scary monsters. This helps to ground the movie in a compelling dynamic, while giving Joel someone to interact with when he's not around other people. In the end, Love and Monsters is a delightful mix of poignant human story and monster movie spectacle, even if it sometimes strains under the labor of balancing these elements.
Love and Monsters was a 2020 post-apocalyptic monster romantic comedy directed by Michael Matthews that follows a young man named Joel (Dylan O'Brien), who sets out to reunite with his high school friend Aimee (Jessica Henwick) after reconnecting with her over the radio. What sounds like a simple setup is complicated by the fact that, for seven years, the world has been taken over by giant monsters and Joel must travel 80 miles alone through monster-infested land to reunite with his love, and eventually discover what he wants out of life even after the world has supposedly ended.
Love and Monsters works because it feels both unique and familiar. It is a mash-up of multiple genres including high concept apocalyptic movies with giant monsters that also is a sweet romantic comedy. It is a road trip movie, a survival story, and a coming-of-age story all in one. It mixes all these various genres together to add a refreshing take that will delight audiences. The movie was pitched as a mix of a Mad Max post-apocalyptic future with a John Hughes love story, and that is an apt comparison.
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Once Joel does leave quarantine, he befriends a brilliant heeler (they are brilliant and good, good dogs) and undertakes a journey of about a hundred miles to reunite with his girlfriend, Aimee (Jessica Henwick, who's about to be a star). The journey goes as you might expect, with babe-in-the-woods Joel (his apocalypse skills are making minestrone, mostly, and talking on the phone with his girlfriend) needing the help of his good, good dog and, for a while, a pair of kindly survivalists (Michael Rooker and Arianna Greenblatt) in the \"Last of Us\"/Hunt for the Wilderpeople mold to teach him the ways of the wasteland. The special effects are large and ambitious, walking that fine line between goofy and scary, and Matthews offers a few humble action set-pieces to showcase them that are less scary or exciting than cool and fun. What I like the most about Love and Monsters is that it's interested in the power of kindness and even art for the survival of the species. As a hero, Joel is more a, well, Joel than a John Wick: a lovelorn nebbish who, in a good film's best sequence, finds a little bit of peace sitting next to a dying robot (voiced by Melanie Zanetti), watching something like a floating-lantern show one night after the end of the world.
When he reunites with his lost love, Love and Monsters avoids the standard YA tropes and provides a scenario where the dangerous idea of soul mates is jettisoned in favour of loving and appreciating not just the families into which we're born, but the ones, too, that we build for ourselves like rafts to carry us over treacherous waters. I thought of this quote from Moby Dick, of all things, as the film found its conclusion and epilogue: \"As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas, and land on barbarous coasts.\" With the door left open for more stories from this world (which is less a world than a Dungeons & Dragons campaign, really), what Love and Monsters manages this time out is a sweet little adventure tale, free of bitterness or unbecoming cynicism, where a person can be measured by the quality of his friends, his instinct to tell the truth, and how unembarrassed he is to be embarrassed. Joel is often afraid, and sad, and when he's betrayed, he expresses it with dignity and tears as opposed to rage and violence. The moral of this story is \"be nice\" and look people in the eye when you talk to them so that they might know your heart. It's also got a giant slug and a sad monster crab. It has it all.
Story: Years after radiation turns insects and animals around the world into man-eating monsters that have devoured most of mankind, one survivor ventures out into the dangerous new world in hopes of reconnecting his long-lost love.
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Hero, here playing a character called Boy (with support from fellow canine Dodge), is the most impressive canine star to grace the screen since the much-loved Uggie, and he is the main reason to watch this film. Despite the flimsiness of the rest of the script, Boy is actually well written, with a proper backstory of his own and his own set of motives and priorities. Why he latches onto Joel is a little unclear, but easily explained by loneliness or protectiveness - on their first encounter he has to step in and rescue the clueless human from a giant toad monster, setting the tone for their relationship. Hero is not just a dog who follows instructions but is one of those animals who comprehends what's going on and actually acts, easily outclassing his human co-stars.
In Theaters: Although the rise of terrifying monsters and the apocalypse drove them apart, Joel was determined not to give up on Aimee. Now separated by an insurmountable 85 miles, every inch of which is crawling with dangerous monsters, Joel embarks on the journey of a lifetime for love.
After years of waiting, Joel finally gains the courage to go see Aimee and his adventure across the world begins. Armed with only a crossbow and his wits, Joel must traverse eighty miles of monster-infested terrain to reach the person he still loves. 59ce067264