For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Alternative Christmas movies here’s a review of Anna and the Apocalypse (2017) by Darren of Movie Reviews 101.
Thanks again to Chris ‘Tank’ Tanski of Fright Rags for choosing this month’s genre.
Next month’s genre has been chosen by Lisa Leehey of Critical Critics and we will be reviewing our favorite Unreliable Narrator Movies.
Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Jan by sending them to unreliableLisa@movierob.net
Try to think out of the box! Great choice Lisa!
Let’s see what Darren thought of this movie:
Anna and the Apocalypse follows Anna (Ella Hunt) a Scottish school girl who is preparing for the Christmas Talent Show, while trying to save her money to go travel, against her Father’s wishes, her best friend John (Malcolm Cumming) follows her around with puppy dog eyes, waiting for his chance to tell her how he feels. We also meet Steph (Sarah Swire) who is facing Christmas alone, and adorable couple Chris (Christopher Leveaux) and Lisa (Marli Siu) along with the incoming head teacher Arthur Savage (Paul Kaye).
We get flickering reports of incidents around the area, before the morning after the show, the world has come to an end as we know it, with zombies roaming the streets, leading to Anna, John, Steph, Chris and bad boy Nick (Ben Wiggins) to get through the zombies to save their loved ones at the school, singing along the way.
Anna and the Apocalypse does take on the standard zombie idea of getting from location A to location B, needing to get through zombies along the way, with each path offering a different challenge, bringing the fresh spin of the musical elements, with one review dubbing it ‘Shaun of the Dead meets La La Land’. The high school dramas feel natural, the pop sound tunes are catchy, with ‘Hollywood Ending’ ‘Break Away’ and ‘Turning My life Around’ being the standout from everything we hear.
Anna and the Apocalypse is one of the most enjoyable movies you will see, becoming one of the most essential additions to the Christmas watch year at least, while it could easily be enjoyable at anytime through the year.
My Rating 10/10