Juan of the Dead
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First, the film benefits greatly from its Cuban flavor which, right off the bat, makes it feel different from other comparable films. Juan (Alexis Dias de Villegas) is an irresponsible slacker who wastes most of every day with his clueless best friend Lazardo (Jorge Molina). The two actors play off each other so well, it's hard not to laugh at just about every interaction they have. Without much explanation, they start to notice unusual changes to their surroundings. With reports of a strange flu, a movement of alleged political dissidents, and a suspected American plot, the news reports seems to have figured out what is going on.Read more ›
Juan de los Muertos is funny as hell and very witty. Without creating political debates, it delves into Cuba's political background and social reality in a humorous way.
The actors, some good, some not so much, were very enjoyable to watch. They had great chemistry and it really felt as if they were having a blast doing this movie. You really fall in love with these characters.
The graphics were better than I expected, given that I had read some negative reviews about that. I actually liked them. I mean, this is a zombie movie, you don't want it to look like some slick Hollywood production.
It was more of a funny look at Cuba and Cuba/American relations set to a zombie Apocalypse. There wasn't a lot of gore, as far as gore goes, but there were deaths. Lots of deaths. Lots of funny deaths. Hilarious deaths.
The movie does sort of just come to an end without the problems being resolved in my mind. And not in a cliffhanger kind of way, it just ends unsatisfactorily.
I plan to show this movie to people as often as possible.
I was a little leery going into this film since the blurb on the DVD case flat out compares it to "Shaun of the Dead." But, to my pleasant surprise, "Juan of the Dead" bears no resemblance other than in the title. Nor does it bear much resemblance to other foreign language zombie films - and for one primary reason: I had to actually read the English subtitles at the bottom of the screen, word by word. Why? Because there really was a story here; and that story was indigenous to the setting - Havana, Cuba; whereas almost every other zombie film I've seen that had sub-titles could have taken place anywhere in the world. And whereas the dialogue of most zombie films is strictly survival oriented, the dialogue here was mostly based on the culture where the story takes place. In fact, only one character in the entire film - an American preacher with a stillborn plan to save the survivors - ever referred to the zombies as "zombies." They were mostly depicted simply as "dissidents.Read more ›
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This film makes me want to see more films out of Cuba. It's a hilarious take on the genre with some glimpses into Cuban culture and history. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Too many bad words, it was funny at first, but then it got to be annoying.Published 2 months ago by Pilar
This movie is amazingly funny, I seriously think that you MUST understand Spanish in order to enjoy it.Published 3 months ago by ivan
Very well done entry in the zom com genre. I actually bought this dvd back when it came out and never got around to watching it until here recently. Read morePublished 4 months ago by westicles
The absolute funniest of all the zombie spoof movies. Witty, irreverent, smartly written and beautifully acted, this movie pokes fun at just about everything while still conveying... Read morePublished 4 months ago by reader142
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