Massawyrm Says You Need To Check Out Man's Best Friend, FIDO!!
Hola all. Massawyrm here.
Well here's a rare treat. There's really no other way to describe this. Fido is an adorable, lovable…zombie film…with a big heart. And it's going into limited release this week. This film is a true oddity, its own beast right from the get go. While most films, especially genre films, fall into certain molds and models – Fido borrows from all over the place and in turn creates something entirely novel. And frankly, that's not always a good thing. Some people just won't get this. They won't know how to classify it. But while it has CULT stamped all over it, it's not so different that it really requires a specific taste or sense of humor to get something out of it.
Fido is built on the classic a boy and his dog story model, more specifically a cross between Old Yeller and Lassie. The year is 1950-something. Rather than nazis, the world has gone to war with the undead who rose up in a zombie apocalypse unlike anything the world's ever seen. And wouldn't you know it? Our boys came back successful. Sure most of the world is a post apocalyptic wasteland filled with wandering mindless zombies. But good ole American know-how has allowed us to build idyllic fenced in paradises where a man can come home from a long day at the office, put on his slippers, smoke a pipe, enjoy a martini…and have his zombie slave set the table.
Yes, humanity has enslaved zombies. And the Robinson's are getting their first. And wouldn't you know it – Young Timmy Robinson is about to learn some valuable lessons about life in this wonderfully fresh a boy and his zombie movie. Really, that's what this is. It's cute, it's seriously funny. It's a boy and his dog movie – with zombies. Can you really call a movie in which people get eaten cute? This time you can.
Fido wields a delightful kitsch unlike anything you've ever seen before. Everything works – from their attention to detail of life in a 50's world, to the attitudes of a world that's just come out of the horrible throes of a zombie war, to the intolerance and social dynamics of the time. All of this is beautifully laid out while juxtaposed against the absurdity of bright and shiny post war world. There's a ton of complicated and subtle commentary here, allegories laid carefully within the framework of the story – and yet at the same time, it is mercilessly funny. It gets downright goofy at points. And the greater your appreciation of '50s film and television, the greater your enjoyment of this.
Everyone does a great job here, especially Billy Connolly as the title character, Fido the Zombie. He's practically unrecognizable and is forced to give his entire performance through emoting – since, you know, zombies don't talk – which he does admirably. Carrie Ann Moss is fantastic as the lonely, neglected '50s housewife. But stealing the show is Tim Blake Nelson as the weird, old school scientist filled to the brim with pipe smoking machismo. He's got himself a teenage zombie mistress and a rifle ready to take the head off of a rampaging zombie at 50 yards. And he's one of the funniest things this movie has to offer.
Look, I know. Zombie movies are on their way out. There's so many of them I can't imagine the trend lasting much longer without folks getting tired of it. But fortunately for us there are two movies this summer that really try to do something new and different with it (I'll talk about the second one, Black Sheep, next week.) If you've grown tired of the stale zombie stories – this is the one that's gonna give you something refreshing. I really, truly enjoyed the hell out of this one and can't wait to see it again. While it's strange to use words like delightful and adorable with any film in which people get eaten or have their heads blown off, that's the only way to describe this. Frankly, if you're the type of person who reads AICN, there's really no excuse not to give this one a shot. It was tailor made for us and our irreverent sense of humor.
Highly recommended for zombie fans, discriminating viewers who enjoy something really original or anyone looking for a laugh. Not Recommended for anyone hoping for a serious zombie film or who has a dislike for kitsch.
Until next time friends, smoke ‘em if ya got ‘em.
Oh, and check out that kid's curtains. I want those fucking curtains. Know how to get them? E-mail me here!
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June 14, 2007, 10:04 a.m. CST
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June 14, 2007, 10:16 a.m. CST
June 14, 2007, 10:16 a.m. CST
by Col. Tigh-Fighter
I love me some zombies, so I will definately check it out. <p>Cheers Mass
June 14, 2007, 10:17 a.m. CST
by Spandau Belly
Are the zombies stripped while a mob pours a cauldron of excrement on them? Do women who shacked up zombies get their heads shaven and stoned in public while being forced to hold signs that say 'Zombie Whoare'?
June 14, 2007, 10:19 a.m. CST
Go see it. It's like the world of Edward Scissor Hands only with zombies.
June 14, 2007, 10:23 a.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
I always thought they'd stink. Don't think I'd want one in my house, much less setting my dinner table. The thought of having one as a mistress is even more disturbing. And how is Black Sheep a zombie flick, Massa?
June 14, 2007, 10:28 a.m. CST
by Jakes Nel
Has anyone heard of a movie called Teeth. It's about a girl who has teeh in her... well, the one place a guy doesn't want a girl to have teeth. I think.
June 14, 2007, 10:33 a.m. CST
by Borgnine JR
H Macy, but funnier. He rocks. And I've heard good things about this movie, good things.
June 14, 2007, 10:54 a.m. CST
June 14, 2007, 10:59 a.m. CST
by Robots In Das Guys
FUCK! Sounds awesome Massa. I'll probably have to wait for DVD though, since it's a small movie and it "most" likely won't play down here. Fucktards.
June 14, 2007, 11:14 a.m. CST
There is a website out of the uk which houses movies (somebootlegged),tv shows,anime,music video's and everything else but porn. Anyways I don't feel bad about watching it bootleg because it will not be released where I live and I will buyt it when it is released.It is an awesome movie on all levels. Carrie Anne Moss is unrecognizable (good thing trust me) and Tim Blake Nelson is hilarious. This movie is a must see for Movie fans in general. It's a shame that shit like Hostel gets recognition and a couple thousand screens and this gem will be relegated to dvd racks. Buy it folks.
June 14, 2007, 11:20 a.m. CST
by Robots In Das Guys
"I don't feel bad about watching it bootleg because it will not be released where I live and I will buyt it when it is released" I second that. I don't like piracy and I buy all my movies but sometimes the bootlegs have to compensate while we get the DVD release.
June 14, 2007, 11:26 a.m. CST
If you have highspeed internet just google tv link and go with the uk address. It might be broken up into two or three or maybe even four or five parts but it's still worth it. Trust me, by the time this gets out to all the geeks we're all going to want a MY DAD WORKS FOR ZOMBIECOM tshirt.
June 14, 2007, 11:29 a.m. CST
I WANTED to love it, I only kind of liked it. It was really shallow and any "heart" that was there seemed to be faked, and the 1950's spoof sort of got old for me... <p> Unlike Shaun of the Dead which I thought was effortless in its heart, Fido just seemed so obvious. Worth a look but it's certainly not better than that OTHER zombie comedy.
June 14, 2007, 11:32 a.m. CST
The trailers are online. I'm surprised I haven't seen anything on here about it til now. I'm pretty sure it's on apple's website even.
June 14, 2007, 11:36 a.m. CST
*SPOILER ALERT* One of the funniest parts is when a milkman zombie sees a paperman zombie throwing the paper on peoples porches so he throws the glass milk bottle and it breaks on the door.
June 14, 2007, 11:52 a.m. CST
Most people will discover this in a video store, several years down the road.</p><p>My guess is, ten years down the road, this will have Nightmare Before Christmas (or at least Edward Scissorhands) status and be loved by the goth or emo or whatever teenagers are aroung.
June 14, 2007, 12:03 p.m. CST
by Capn Canucklehead
theatre in my home town because it was too indie for the "real" theatres which is lame considering I'm from Canada and this is Canadian in origin... Overall the movie was fantastic. It was entirely not what I expected - it totally played away from every one of my expectations and I have to admit I loved it for it - it's sweet, creepy, poignant and funny. The cast was great! Nothing really new to say here --go see it.
June 14, 2007, 12:16 p.m. CST
...one thing you forgot to mention. With this film and "Away From Her" it's been a great year for Canadian film.<br><br>Finally...
June 14, 2007, 12:19 p.m. CST
by Capn Canucklehead
As for it "being shallow and heartless" as stated above... It was better than any of the mindless, heartless and pointless crap that has been horked up, called a movie and been shipped to theatres so far this year. No it's not Shaun of the Dead nor does it even try to be - it's because the creators are trying something called being original or at least unique - Did I laugh my ass off? No. Did they want me to? No. They wanted me to smile and enjoy myself and I did that the whole time.
June 14, 2007, 12:24 p.m. CST
June 14, 2007, 12:26 p.m. CST
This movie was enjoyable, but I have to admit it's nowhere near as funny as Shaun of the Dead. I know that the film's supposed to be set in the '50s, but some of the acting seemed a bit stiff and stale. Billy Connelly is funny as the zombie pet and what they say about Tim Blake Nelson is true in that he steals the show several times. It seems that once the initial humor of the premise wears off somewhere about a half hour into the film, it struggles to figure out how to finish the film. You laugh at the initial couple of Lassie jokes, but they get old you feel yourself getting impatient because a zombie doesn't move as fast as a dog - this movie makes sure you can tell the difference. Definitely a rent, if you're mildly interested in these sort of films.
June 14, 2007, 12:40 p.m. CST
by The Central Scrutinizer
...Billy Connolly doesn't talk! I like zombie movies and a retro zombie parody sounds great. Thank God Connolly doesn't talk. He irritates the hell out of me.
June 14, 2007, 12:51 p.m. CST
Recently had the chance to see this film over the net. Excellent film. Very funny. Billy Connolly does a wonderful job. If you are interested in seeing this you can go to dailymotion.com & type in Fido. Hope everyone enjoys it as much as I did. Take Care
June 14, 2007, 12:51 p.m. CST
You ever read any zombie books by Max Brooks (good stuff)? The virus that infects actually keeps them pretty well preserved. Well preserved = less stink. Zombie mistress + less stink = easy pickins. Seriously, movie looks pretty cool. Ashame about Connolly's non-speaking role. A zombie with a wildly profane Scottish accent would have rocked!
June 14, 2007, 1:02 p.m. CST
by I haveanINBREDNeighbour
I saw it in the theatre it was everywhere up here in Canada. It was so boring my girlfriend fell asleep. Billy was great but overall don't bother its a waste of time.
June 14, 2007, 1:15 p.m. CST
Zombie movies. I for one hope that they NEVER go out. And if they do, then I'll just have to make my own zombie flick.
June 14, 2007, 1:21 p.m. CST
by mr dark
According to CNN in the article just posted about MEMFLIX in the entertainment section..Thats all right though.. Denizens is ok ... I like their Chili LONG LIVE MEMFLIX
June 14, 2007, 2:06 p.m. CST
by C00L DUD3
Nice piece...Strangely interesting. I'll definitely check this one out...(...on DVD at least).
June 14, 2007, 3:25 p.m. CST
by angry kitty
I love a good zombie movie, but what I'm really waiting on is the black sheep review- that trailer looks crazy good. Killer sheep? I mean LMFAO
June 14, 2007, 3:26 p.m. CST
funniest thing I've read all day. Cant wait for this.
June 14, 2007, 4:15 p.m. CST
by Massawyrm 1
Dude, I spent years being depicted as a chain smoking Jesus on a pogo cross - complete with stigmata. Harry wrote a review of Blade 2 comparing it to del Toro giving good cunnalingus to the audience. The current corner animation is of the boss depicted as Ricci about to eat a frozen Sam Jackson. I think we've earned the right to call ourselves that.
June 14, 2007, 6:08 p.m. CST
by Amy Chasing
it's a kids film. The story, the humour, the plot is all something I might have enjoyed 20 years ago. Only my parents probably wouldn't have allowed me to see it because when the zombies start eating people, they don't leave any of the gore out. <P> In fact when Billy Connolly goes scary-zombie, it kinda jars against the style of most of the film. Some people may like the shock value, I just thought it didn't fit in and so made the film inconsistent. <P> Overall a kids film, which I was bored by, with some cool gore to make it a better film than, say, Sunshine. :)
June 14, 2007, 7:44 p.m. CST
with Old Yeller thrown in for sentimentality. I saw this a few weeks ago and it's my new favorite movie. Highly recommended, folks.
June 14, 2007, 7:59 p.m. CST
by BL Chick
And I *highly* recommend it. Everyone is just spot on in their roles. It mixes the two genres well with a heavy but not too heavy dose of snark. If you can go see this, do it. It's worth going to the cinema and paying $10+.
June 14, 2007, 10:59 p.m. CST
by Flim Springfield
June 14, 2007, 11:18 p.m. CST
by drugstore cowboy
Fido suffered from a clunky script and poor direction. A disappointment to be sure.
June 15, 2007, 12:35 a.m. CST
Don't try and sell it as a Canadian movie. It'll just kill the returns. I saw it a few months ago as part of a local zombie walk in honor of the movies release. It isn't half as much as a "kids" movie as a family zombie flick. Set in a world in the aftermath of a 1950's zombie outbreak, it plays more to the classic Romero rules then some of the newer Zombie flicks and their runners. It's a friendly reminder that not all zombie flicks need to be taken seriously and even lets out a few funny moments in spite of the characters situations. It's more then enough to hold me off till the next Romero movie which shouldn't be that far off now that I think of it. Support the good zombie flicks, pass it on.
June 15, 2007, 9:24 a.m. CST
by Wee Willie
flopped like a fish.
June 15, 2007, 1:51 p.m. CST
and Carrie Anne Moss was stunning as a sexually frustrated June Cleaver.
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