World War Z is the latest in a long line of zombie movies that has taken the world by storm. The first official zombie movie was George A. Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead, released in 1968. Since then, the genre has been the subject of increased popularity in nearly all mediums of fiction. Zombie comic books, novels and even television shows like The Walking Dead sit proudly alongside cinematic genre classics like Dawn of the Dead and 28 Days Later.
World War Z in particular is notable for a few different reasons. One thing that the success of the film can be attributed to is its serious nature. People who sit down to watch the film in a theater or in the future on television will immediately notice that it is a much more serious take on the subject matter. Zombie films have historically always included a bit of irony, letting the audience know that the films and filmmakers themselves are in on the joke. World War Z takes its zombie hoards deadly seriously and benefits greatly from that mentality.
Because zombie films were traditionally seen by many as fun but silly genre fair, the fact that such a movie attracted a quality actor like Brad Pitt is another great benefit. An actor of Brad Pitt’s statue adds a certain level of gravitas to the film that it may have otherwise been unable to attain. Additionally, it also adds a level of credibility that the material itself may not have achieved on its own.
Another reason for the success of World War Z can be attributed to the fact that it is based on a very popular novel. Though it has been said that all the two share is the name and basic premise and little else, it is still an adaptation of a popular source novel with a pre-existing fan base. Those fans, even if out of cautious optimism instead of genuine anticipation, are turning out in droves. The word of mouth for “World War Z” has also been quite high for a summer blockbuster, which means that those fans are still finding something to enjoy despite the fact that it diverges from that novel greatly.
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The final reason why World War Z is drawing such a strong following is arguably the simplest: it turned out to be a good film. Though it features millions of undead zombies and all of the traditional gore that genre fans expect, it also has a great deal of heart. It tells a strong, captivating and relatable story with interesting characters that people can identify with on a base level. Though you might not be able to identify with running from wave after wave of flesh-eating monsters, you can likely identify with the story of a man who is just trying to protect his family.
– Laura Bunbury is a movie reviewer. She frequently writes about the latest films on movie blogs.