Anna and the Apocalypse Reviews
Shaun of the Dead was a masterpiece compared to this.
After saying that though, I do feel like I need to mention I am not really a fan of musicals, especially ones that take place in high school. So, no matter how I tried to stay open-minded about this film, after the second samey sounding song about how adults don't understand high school problems (Parents Just Don't Understand!) I was lost forever.
That wasn't my only issue with Anna and the Z's, although it was my biggest issue. Again mentioning not liking musicals or movies and shows with songs in them for the most part. A lot of that has to do with not enjoying listening to bland songs made for the films themselves. As much as I dislike songs in Disney films, I admit they feel like there is a variety of styles and topics. Anna and the Big A feels just like a long episode of Glee without any covers. I mean where is the style to them. I will say the duet with the kids dressed as penguins was amazing though, so there is that. Yet, I am left wondering why the song about being a big amazing zombie killer wasn't more campy and goofy like the Rock singing about how great he is in Moana. Why wasn't there a song at the beginning where the CDC sing about how the virus is getting out of control? A song sung by the soldiers being eaten by the Zs? Why don't the zombies have a fucking song!!!!!!!!!
This movie lacked character, fun, comedy, camp, and really anything interesting. It's High School: The Zombie Musical. Empty Brain Calories.
Remember that scene from Shaun of the Dead, where Simon Pegg walks to the newsstand in his robe, oblivious to zombies? Now imagine it's a really cute girl listening to her earbuds, singing and dancing cheerily about her bright future, oblivious to zombies. This is absurdly entertaining for the first half, then runs low on energy. There are some sad scenes in the last third, that sort of betrayed the spirit of the film. It should have had the courage to maintain the absurd humor throughout. Still, name a better comic teenage Christmas zombie musical.