I’m not sure if my sense of humour has changed or if this film was falsely advertised as a comedy. On paper, the idea of three dorky scouts fighting an army of zombies with a badass stripper, no, sorry, cocktail waitress does seem quite funny but the execution of this idea in Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse was not done well in my opinion.
The humour generally was very immature and childish. You might be thinking “What do you expect from a movie about scouts and zombies?”, but there are ways of executing a good zombie movie without having constant sex jokes. Take Shaun of the Dead for example, a classic, hilarious zombie movie that doesn’t lower its standards to get a laugh. Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse did just that, lowered its standards to force a laugh out of the audience. I’m not sure if this was not my type of humour or if this was just not funny all together, but I think I genuinely laughed more watching the newest bond movie.
Then there’s the quality of the movie – it didn’t have the care and attention applied to it that you would generally see to a movie of this size. Throughout a movie like this normally you would see consistency in the situation of the characters, in what they are wearing and what they are doing. Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse had many obvious inconsistencies, for example, there was a scene when they were eating marshmallows round the camp fire when one of them flicks the stick and the marshmallow ends up stuck to the forehead of someone else. They take the marshmallow off to eat it, but some is left behind. The camera switches to someone else for less than a couple of seconds and then goes back where the person’s forehead is completely clean. There is a similar situation with a scene when one of the scouts get covered in blood, the camera switches away for a couple of seconds then goes back and they are completely clean again.
Why should we give this movie our time and money when those creating it haven’t given it their time and effort? These were very obvious flaws. The area of the movie that would have received significant time and effort was the makeup. The makeup in this movie was quite incredible, the huge number of zombies with their various zombie makeup situations were brilliant. I was just the consistency side of things that frustrated me a bit.
For me, given the story, some occurrences were very unlikely. A party taking place in what looked like a warehouse, playing loud music, which would attract zombie’s attention, wasn’t actually found by zombies until the scouts turned up a significant period of time after the outbreak occurred. What are the chances? The mobile phone signal goes down, but there is still power and the ATMs still work. This is overlooking the fact that a cleaner is allowed access to a corpse that is undergoing experimentation in an unsecure and unguarded environment.
Overall the movie is very amateurish and in my opinion doesn’t stand up to the competition this has during the opening weekend. I think it would struggle against any competition at all really. Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse will be one of those movies that people will laugh about in a couple of years’ time and think, “That was an awful movie wasn’t it.” It will probably show up on a movie TV channel during some kind of bad Halloween movie marathon.