Lupita Nyong’o stars in the new comedy zombie movie ‘Little Monsters’ alongside Alexander England and Josh Gad. This independent Australian movie follows Miss Caroline (Nyong’o), the good-looking and incredibly talented teacher, Dave (England), the washed up, rude uncle of one of the children in Miss Caroline’s class and Teddy McGiggle (Gad), a children’s entertainment star touring in Australia. This bunch of unlikely people is forced to team together at a children’s animal park to fend off a bunch of brain hungry zombies.
‘Little Monsters’ gets off to an incredibly irritating start as the film opens with Dave and his partner screaming at each other for what feels like a good ten minutes. It may not be this long in reality but at least felt it and there is only so much shouting you can tolerate, especially at the start of a movie. Tonally, this didn’t help the film get off to a positive start. After all the shouting ended, the movie decides to begin. Whilst the shouting has ended Dave’s life has just taken a turn for the worse after breaking up from his partner. The unemployed, wannabe rock star is now single and having to live with his older sister and nephew, Felix. Thankfully, this is when you find a clear path for the film to take and not just irritate you endlessly. There are some great comedic moments throughout the film, especially from Alexander England with his natural ability to make you chuckle and smirk throughout. The action from the zombies is good fun but there isn’t necessarily a moment you can recall that was funny regarding any of the zombies. They are just a background for the main story which is about growing up and finding the right person for you.
The film itself benefits from the likes of Nyong’o and England, but ‘Little Monsters’ is bogged down by the extremely annoying performance by Josh Gad as Teddy McGiggle. The children’s entertainer changes his tune from his introductory pleasant self to a selfish and horrible character. After the zombie outbreak who insists on swearing excessively. His over the top, shouty performance is enough to really damage the movie. His persistent shouting, unnecessary swearing and general unpleasantness just doesn’t fit the overall tone of the film. There are moments which do slightly cross the line but can be justified in the moment but the character of Teddy McGiggle is just a bridge too far and I would go as far to say one of the worst performances I’ve seen in any film.
‘Little Monsters’ really isn’t a film I would recommend. It’s not one that I will shout about as there are plenty of other good comedy zombie movies like ‘Zombieland’ and, this films biggest inspiration, ‘Shaun of the Dead’. You’d be better off re-watching these classics over and over instead of taking time to watch this new one.