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"Love and Monsters" Movie Review

Nathan is a film critic and aspiring author with a true passion for the film industry who hopes his writings will help launch his career.


The world is a crazy mess. Oh, no, I wasn't referring to the real world, I was referring to the film! An asteroid was headed to earth and the government did what the government does best: they bombed it. The only problem is, the radiation from the bombs fell back to earth and mutated all the world's cold-blooded mammals and insects into giant monstrous beasts. The main character, Joel, has lost his family and has been separated from his girlfriend for 7 years. Finally at his tipping point, Joel leaves his safe haven and sets out on an 85-mile journey to find the girl he loves. The only thing standing in his way is a world full of monsters.

I had a lot of fun watching this film. It had a lot of heart, something I feel many films are missing today. It had a lot of positive elements, such as friendship and trust and finding allies when and where you least expect it. For a film set in an apocalyptic time, it also had a lot of hope. We desperately need films that give us hope, now more than ever.

Dylan O'Brien was undoubtedly the best part of the whole film. His awkward, comedic approach to his character made him much more relatable and realistic. He's an underdog and someone worth rooting for. Michael Rooker had a small role, certainly not as big of one as the trailer led us to believe, but every second he was on screen was a joy. He filled the Miyagi role. He wasn't there a long time but he was necessary to Joel's story.

The monsters were so creative and unique to other monster films. They weren't rip-offs but rather they all had different qualities and designs and each served their own purpose, much like actual creatures. They also utilized creatures from different living areas too. For instance, there were sea giant sea crabs and creatures that tunneled underground and 30 foot-tall creepy crawlies that you never ever want to see in person. Wacky fun!

In conclusion, Love and Monsters is a young teen film, much like the first Transformers film. It has some adult moments but isn't so adult that kids can't enjoy it too. I give the film a 3 out of 4.

© 2020 Nathan Jasper

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