Sunday, November 22, 2015
Elijah Wood, Alison Pill
September 18, 2015
1 hour 36 minutes
The concept for the horror-comedy "Cooties" is a strong one: a zombie epidemic occurs when a poisoned chicken nugget starts turning children who haven't gone through puberty yet into ravenous, cannibalistic monsters. The staff at a local elementary school get wrapped up in the middle of all of this, and together they must fend for their lives and possibly stop the virus from spreading anywhere else. As I was watching this movie, I found myself digging and enjoying everything happening on screen. Reflecting on it afterward, though, I started to notice the flaws that I didn't initially notice. There are characters and certain jokes here that are set up and shown but ultimately have no purpose to the story whatsoever. For example, a character will be shown doing something, yet they won't serve any point of being in the movie until the very end. The middle of the film drags at times, making it feel more like 105-120 minutes than 87 minutes. That reminds me; the movie should have been a lot longer than it was. The ending of the movie comes so abruptly and feels incredibly rushed. Plus it seemed only to have one purpose: to set up for a sequel that may never even get made.
It might sound like I have a lot more cons to say than pros, but as a whole I do see this as a solid little movie. The blood and gore featured were incredibly well done, there are plenty moments of humor that are hilarious, and the cast is pretty damn great here. Everyone seemed to be having a fun time making this, allowing the audience and myself to have a fun time with them. There's one pretty meta joke at the beginning the film that got a pretty big laugh out of myself and the other members of my audience. I can see "Cooties" having the potential to become something of a cult classic down the road. Unfortunately, it's hard for me not to notice the flaws that took this down from being a great movie to just a plain old good movie. "Cooties" had more good elements than bad, but at the end of the day it's hard not to notice that this could have been something a lot better than it ultimately ended up being.