An Average Movie-Goer’s Review
No spoilers! If you would like spoilers – check out the Spoiler post
I love horror movies and if I’m going to watch them anyway, why not write an entertaining/funny review from the POV of an average movie-goer and not a professional critic.
Today we’re looking at the 2017 zombie musical Anna and the Apocalypse
Days before Christmas Anna’s life is turned upside as she and her friends must survive a sudden zombie apocalypse… with music!
Is Anna and the Apocalypse (2017) Scary?
While there is almost no jump scares in the movie, Anna and the Apocalypse doesn’t try to be scary and focuses on the fun musical side of its film. This also being a zombie film, there are some gory scenes of blood and guts but they’re pretty sparse and mainly in the background of shots. Overall you won’t leave Anna and the Apocalypse scared of anything unless you don’t like music.
Anna and the Apocalypse is great. The story is great, the music is catchy and fun, the acting is pretty good, and the character’s actions make sense. There is a huge caveat here; if you don’t like musicals you might not like this one because there is a suspension of disbelief that is inherent with musicals that some people might not like.
During songs, things relevant to the plot happen that if the song wasn’t being performed it wouldn’t have made sense at all. Basically, it amounts to a character not noticing something because they were too busy singing.
If you can ignore that, the character arcs of most of the characters are well-told and displayed through music and dialogue. There are a few characters where it doesn’t really matter to the story but one specific character would have really benefited from more character development.
Despite this being a horror comedy musical, I would more likely define it as a light-hearted zombie drama with bits of comedy thrown in. There are some funny moments and some background jokes but overall it’s more fun than funny.
Overall I highly recommend Anna and the Apocalypse but only if you like musicals or even tolerate them. If you have an irrational hatred for musicals, chances are you might hate this.