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Lupita Nyong’o and Team of Kindergartners Save the World in LITTLE MONSTERS

Hey there Plotaholics! Bryan here.

Today I’m going to be talking about the new Lupita Nyong’o, Hulu-exclusive film Little Monsters, co-starring Alexander Engalnd, Josh Gad, Kat Stewart, and a kindergarten class-worth of young children. Essentially, this is Kindergarten Cop with zombies.

Little Monsters opens with Dave (England) and his girlfriend Sara in an opening montage of a couple that should not be together…like ever. This, at least for me, is kind of a nod to the great ZomCom Shaun of the Dead where we see Shaun and Liz’s toxic relationship setting up our story. We learn that Dave is an angry, failed musician.

As plot drives us along, Dave ends up going to live with his sister, Tess (Stewart), and her son, Felix, played by the lovable Diesel La Torraca. The chemistry between England and La Torraca is so touching and beautiful. The kid brings the lovable qualities out of Dave, even if he is a selfish jerk most of the time.

When we meet Miss Caroline (Nyong’o), Dave assumes his role as the typical film trope loser trying to get with a woman that’s so far out of his league he’s not even in the right sport. When he volunteers to go on a school field trip to get closer to her, that’s where our insanity in this ZomCom really gets underway!

While I am not going to spoil the film at all, I will say this, this is a film in the zombie genre (ZomCom subgenre) that brings heart the likes of which I haven’t seen since Shaun of the Dead or even to some extent Zombieland. While its heads and shoulders ahead of Zombieland in that regard, it brings all the laughs, smiles, and emotion that you would not expect from a zombie film.

Lupita Nyong’o, much to my sadness, was not on my radar until Black Panther. I haven’t had a chance to see Us, but I hope to change that soon. She is amazing in this film as Audrey Caroline. She has so much talent, I cannot wait to see what lies in the future for her. She can strum the hell out of a ukulele, sing like an angel, and impale a zombie with the best of them. 

Little Monsters isn’t just good for a zombie movie, this is a great movie period. The writing is great, dialogue is top notch, the story pacing is really outstanding.

The premise isn’t complicated: a kindergarten teacher has a full class on a field trip during a zombie outbreak. This is what I talk about on webshows and podcasts when I talk about young writers. Don’t worry about reinventing the wheel people. There are so many damn wheels that it’s almost impossible to do anything that’s completely original. So what do you do? You put your own spin on it, and make it your own. That’s the only way to have anything “original” anymore.

This story is the prime example of that. Zombie outbreaks have been done to death since 1968, but I have never seen a film that focuses on a kindergarten class trip, and that is what I love about it. For that reason alone, the film is worth the watch for any zombie fan. Even if you don’t like zombie films, it has so much heart, soul, and story, that you can get past the flesh eating. At least I think so.

On the Plotaholics rating system, I give this film a solid 1 shot rating.

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