Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Movie Review #27: Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil

Before Firefly I had never really noticed Alan Tudyk, even though I remembered him from things like Dodgeball and Hearts in Atlantis. Now I can't help but watch everything he's in. He's one of the most versatile actors I know, as evidenced by the fact that he's been in everything from Dodgeball to Hearts in Atlantis. I don't know if I've ever seen him play two roles that were alike.

That said, I put of Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil since it looked pretty goofy at first glance, and I didn't bother to look into it further. However, I actually stopped to read the description on Netflix a while back, and that was enough to put it on my list.

Short review: it was kinda goofy, but in a good way. It's a fun deconstruction of the "cabin in the woods" genre, which I enjoyed a lot despite being only second-hand familiar with the genre.


When hillbilly Tucker buys a vacation home in the woods, he and his buddy Dale take a trip up there to clean the place out and enjoy a bit of vacation. However, things get weird when they encounter some college kids who suspect the two hillbillies of being murderers...


The movie is blatantly about the importance of communication. When people fail to communicate hilarity ensues, but so does tragedy.

The great thing about this movie is seeing things from both the hillbillies' and the college kids' perspective. It's pretty clear that, with one notable exception, most of the college kids aren't stupid or even malicious. They're simply confused, clumsy, and just straight-up unlucky. And, more than anything, they're scared.

Despite that, their antics are pretty funny to watch, and you end up feeling more sorry for Tucker and Dale than the dying college kids.

That said, I should point out that that the story is fairly predictable once you get the gist of it. You pretty much know that Dale and the girl will get together by the end, for instance. I didnt' really see the main villain's parentage coming, but it turned out to be an irrelevant revelation.

Regardless, the gags were funny and the dynamic between Tucker and Dale was great. I'd recommend watching this movie to anyone.

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