Reviews: Love and Monsters and J.R. ‘Bob’ Dobbs and the Church of the SubGenius
“I didn’t really have your typical upbringing,” says twentysomething Joel Dawson. “I mean, I did at first, but then the world ended.”
The title of Love and Monsters announces the movie’s components with the simplicity of a candy bar wrapper. Joel (Dylan O’Brien, of the hazily remembered Maze Runner movies) still loves his girlfriend, Aimee (Jessica Henwick), even though he hasn’t seen her in seven years. They were teenage squeezes when an asteroid came hurtling down to Earth and polluted the whole planet. “Cold blooded creatures mutated and started eating us to death,” he recalls. By “cold blooded creatures” he means everything from ants and roaches to lizards and crocodiles, all of which are now very large and still hungry.
This unfortunate event wiped out most of the world’s population; the survivors are still hunkered down in caves and such. Joel is socked away in one of these “colonies,” where all of his fellow hunkerers have paired off, leaving Joel very lonely. But he knows where Aimee is (the various far-flung colonies communicate by patchy radio transmission), so he decides to attempt a journey to her pod, which is 85 dangerous miles away.
The movie has the familiar contours of a quest story. Dylan is the meek protagonist whose mettle is tested by the many perils he encounters on his odyssey—mutant frogs, crab monsters, boulder snails. He grows into a fearless hero along the way, so when he reaches his destination and finds it to be not quite what he expected, he plunges on anyway, and finally prevails (sort of).
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