Sunday, February 2 2014, 02:21 PM MST
Sundance 2014: Life After Beth
3.5 out of 5 Stars
Director: Jeff Baena
Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines, Paul Reiser
Category: U.S. Dramatic
Recommended To: Those looking for a zombie comedy with romantic elements.
Synopsis: When Zach’s (Dane DeHaan) girlfriend Beth (Aubrey Plaza) rises from the dead he embraces the chance to make up for the mistakes that he made while she was alive.
Review: It feels like the more popular a subgenre becomes the less originality it has to offer. Thankfully Jeff Baena’s (I Heart Huckabees) directorial debut strays from the traditional zombie comedy formula by injecting a little romance. The idea of a zom-com was previously explored in Warm Bodies, but Life After Beth handles it in a completely, more indie, sort of way that emphasizes character over spectacle. Considering the talent of the cast, which includes John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines, Anna Kendrick and Paul Reiser in supporting roles along stars Dane DeHaan and Aubrey Plaza, I was expected a few more laughs, but it’s a pleasant enough experience.
-Ryan Michael Painter