Thursday, October 15, 2015

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)

I had to watch Tucker and Dale vs. Evil after I heard second recommendation. This time it was listed along with Moon and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Both movies are among my favorites of this decade. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is not but it is still worth seeing.

Movie is parody of movies where college kids go to woods and are attacked by local hilly billies. This time the hilly billies are the good guys. Tucker has bought cabin in the woods and is there to fix it with his friend Dale. Group of college kids camp at nearby lake. Misunderstandings and horror story by fire makes college kids think Tucker and Dale are after them.

This results accidental deaths which mix splatter to slapstick. Movie is always at the brink of not working. It is 90 minute movie. The joke almost don't last as long. They have to change style bit for ending. Movie would have worked better ten of fifteen minutes shorter but then it would have missed magic 90 minutes mark more.

Movie lacks interesting characters. Tucker and Dale have personalities but most of collage kids don't have personalities of their own. Movie works only on humor from misunderstandings and innovative ways people accidentally die. This is barely enough for length of the movie. But the movie works. You may need to know the genre to enjoy the movie.

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