So, yeah, I would have preferred the political take on this adaptation even if it was boring. But as we should all know by now, abstaining from politics is still a political position. As much as World War Z attempts to be apolitical, spectacular nonsense, it does betray its position with regards to one thing: the United States is apparently still the world's savior. As we all know from Independence Day, when the world is in trouble it's up to the US to rally everybody together to fight the bad guys. This seems like an incredibly outdated formula especially today when we can't even keep it together enough to retain the friendship of The Other White Guys. But, you know, whatever, it's a movie and a country can dream if she wants.
- I found that towards the end the movie was trying to stretch out tension that didn't really exist for me. Maybe I just watch too many horror movies, but I thought this one could have been anywhere from 15 minutes to half an hour shorter.
- There's this one scene where Pitt uses a Pepsi machine to distract a group of zombies, but before doing so he takes a nice, long, refreshing gulp out of one of them. It got genuine laughter from the entire theater. Hooray for product placement!
- It was nice to see Brad Pitt in a movie again, but that kid needs to cut his hair.
Overall: Better than some critics are making it out to be, World War Z is fun summer mindlessness (both for the zombies and for the audience) if you haven't seen the trailers and don't normally watch horror movies. If you have seen the trailer or do enjoy horror movies, then maybe buy a ticket to something else because it lives up to neither its hype nor its genre.
*I've also read a couple reviews arguing that World War Z is a bad movie purely because it didn't live up to the novel. Movies aren't books, people. Get over it.