Life After Beth
Disclaimer: Spoilers. Kind of. I think. They’re not really spoiler spoilers because they don’t give away much. I sort of allude to stuff. You know what this ain’t my struggle; I’ve seen the film already, you should too.
Aubrey Plaza* – Beth Slocum
Dane Dehaan – Zach Orfman
Anna Kendricks – Erica Wexler**
This chick Beth dies. Beth lives. Beth is now a zombie. Newly ‘resurrected’ Beth is emotionally confused; she flip-flops between anger, upset and being way too affectionate. In short, her senses fell out of her head while she shuffled out of her grave. Irrespective of her craziness Beth’s boyfriend, Zach, continues to love her. However, the film takes a turn when it becomes some sort of mini zombie apocalypse (I can’t actually tell why this happened because I was busy watching paint dry). By the end, I was left reconsidering the choices I made up until watching this film.
- I have never been a fan of zombie films (except for ‘Warm Bodies’); I’ve always felt they lacked any room for reinvention or novelty ideas. Life after Beth only reinforced this viewpoint.
- To me the film is just as confused as Beth; I can’t tell what it wants to be. I can see where they attempt humour, my response to which is a straight face.
- I see the potential for horror, but violent grey people failing their limbs and yelling isn’t enough.
- It tries to depict a romance but Zach and Beth’s relationship has as much depth as a puddle. This narrative indecision left me bored although I did bring it on myself.***
*cricket sounds* …Anna Kendricks… (I would also have said Aubrey Plaza but I have this beef with Beth that I don’t fully understand yet).
Final rating: because it ended.
*She should have played a vampire instead of a zombie because apparently, she isn’t ageing. However old you think she is you are wrong; her face is pure deception.
**I’m struggling to recall the significance of her character.
***I saw it had 1.25 stars – not 1.5 – 1.25 stars on Netflix but ignored the signs. Learn from my mistake; never ignore the signs.