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|Original title:||Anna and the Apocalypse|
|Genre:||Horror, Comedy, Music movie|
|Production country:||Großbritannien 2018|
|Running time:||Ca. 98 Min|
|Rated:||From 16 years|
Since the death of her mother at the latest, Anna (Ella Hunt) has had only one goal: to graduate from school and then leave the miserable life of a small town behind her. Her father and her best friend John (Malcolm Cumming), who is secretly in love with Anna, don't think much of these plans and hope that she will reconsider them over the Christmas holidays. But then the universe throws the plans of all over the pile, when the world is haunted by a zombie apocalypse. Now it seems Anna has actually found something she hates even more than school and Christmas in the small town…
A zombie musical? Can this work? "Anna and the Apocalypse" leaves in the first minutes the impression that the answer to it is quite clearly "yes". The humor is a bit weird, the songs aren't really big hits, but quite catchy and the main actress is charismatic enough to carry the movie. The fact that many figures are exaggerated stereotypes does not attract further negative attention. On the contrary. That's just part of the comedy effect.
Leider the powder is almost completely shot after 45 minutes. The best songs are sung and the best gags are served. And so there are longer scenes in which you ask yourself if director John McPhail has forgotten that he wanted to stage a musical and a horror comedy. There is hardly any singing left and the humor gives way to some very dark, dreary moments. Shaun of the Dead, for example, has proven very well that something like this can work. There were also some more dramatic moments here, but they never seemed out of place due to a more consistent direction.
Just the last half hour of "Anna and the Apocalypse" seems very indecisive and damn tough. After such a successful start, that's a real shame. With a little more ease, in the truest sense of the word more biting humour and a less exaggerated "villain" "Anna und die Apokalypse" would have absolutely had what it takes to become a cult film. So the whole thing is nice entertainment, which at least leaves a quite positive overall impression due to the many well done moments. But there is with small compromises still another: Worth seeing!
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