Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Film Review: Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (Review)
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Instant
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Amazon Prime: Yes
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"It's all absolutely hilarious and that's all you need to know..."

A group of college students go camping in the backwoods where they encounter the eccentric but well-meaning hillbillies Tucker (Alan Tudyk) and Dale (Tyler Labine).

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is really just one large misunderstanding. On one side, the college students believe Tucker and Dale are psychopathic killers who have kidnapped their friend, Allie. On the other hand, Tucker and Dale believe the college students are on a suicide pact and want to kill Allie, who the pair saved from drowning. It's all absolutely hilarious and that's all you need to know about the plot. This funny satire leads to a satisfying ending.

The story is a humorous, well-written satire. It effectively clowns genre clich├ęs and stereotypes. The humor is irreverent and black, with some gags and slapstick. I loved the use of coincidence in the humor, it was expertly written to satire the tired cabin-in-the-woods genre. There are a few jokes that don't land, but it's consistently hilarious for the most part. The best of the humor comes when Tucker and Dale share the screen, which is fortunately most of the time. As for the horror: it's more of a theme, so don't really expect anything terrifying. However, there's plenty of gore and violence to satisfy some of your horror needs.

The entire cast play their roles well. Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine steal the show, though; great chemistry in the friendship, and hilarious reactions and lines. The cinematography is reminiscent of other modern horror films; the film really went all-out in satirizing the genre. Director and co-writer Eli Craig crafts a hilarious horror-comedy; he blends both elements very well, and he also balances the different types of humor well, too.

Overall, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is a great horror-comedy. The film has plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, and plenty of over-the-top gore to satisfy fans of both genres. Aside from a few fall flat gags and jokes, there aren't many issues with the film. There's definitely room for improvement, but nothing worth nitpicking. Fans of comedies and horror films should seek Tucker and Dale vs. Evil.

Score: 8/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and gore, some partial nudity. (a very dark and brief scene.)

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