7. One Cut of the Dead
Fun Fact: This movie was actually the very last film I saw in 2018. And oh my God, what a magnificent note to go out on. I laughed harder at this than any other movie I saw this year and it’s not even close. Deadpool 2? Blockers? The Favourite? Robin Hood? Not even in the same league. This movie is fucking hilarious and will have you choking on your own goddamn spit once it gets going.
Now, I will admit, it’s actually kind of difficult to talk about what really makes this movie so incredibly funny here and now. Not because I don’t have much to say about it, on the contrary, I have plenty, but because it’s really difficult to talk about without giving away the big twist of what the movie is ultimately about. And trust me, I don’t want to spoil that surprise for you.
I will say though that, while the movie does take a while to properly get going, especially since most of the really big laughs don’t come about until the final third of the film, it’s entirely worth the wait. The first third or so will likely have you scratching your head a little, while the second third, immediately after the big twist, will have you curious but wondering where exactly they’re planning on taking this. But once the first third gets going and you realise what’s happening, the laughs come thick and heavy and magnificent and the two acts that came before suddenly slot perfectly into place.
Like I said, I really adore this movie and, as shitty as the year otherwise was, it made the perfect top-off to 2018. If you get a chance to see a screening of it, don’t even hesitate because I guarantee you’ll get a laugh. This is the sort of movie I really hope gets a reputation as a Shaun of the Dead-esque cult classic because it really deserves every inch of it.