Imagine that a giant monster is attacking the city of Seoul and after waking up to see the devastation, you realize that you’re controlling the beast. Sounds excitingly absurd, doesn’t it? Well, that the premise for Nacho Vigalondo’s Sundance hit, Colossal. As the Anne Hathaway-headlined comedy expands its reach this week, we’re looking at other examples of the apocalypse and how hilarious it can be!
First up is my personal favorite zombie comedy: Zombieland. Released back in 2009, Sony Pictures made a film that still makes us laugh years later. The movie stars some of Hollywood’s biggest stars today such as Jesse Eisenberg, recent Academy Award winner Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson, and a priceless cameo from Bill Murray. Director Ruben Fleischer followed many of the usual tropes associated with a zombie movie such as having a small group of survivors going on a dangerous quest to a rumored safe zone, but he put a spin on it where we saw these survivors try to make peace with their bleak reality by adding humor into the mix.
This Is The End (2013)
Not every post-apocalyptic comedy has to feature zombies, and Seth Rogen realized that back in 2013 with This Is The End, which was a huge success! Rogen took some of the most beloved comedians in Hollywood and placed them in a movie where they play themselves in a post-apocalyptic setting. Some of these actors included Seth Rogen, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel, Michael Cera, Craig Robinson, Emma Watson, Paul Rudd, Channing Tatum, oh the list goes on!
Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Long before Zombieland crawled its way into theaters, director Edgar Wright gave us Shaun of the Dead, which was magic in a bottle at the time. Shaun of the Dead stars Simon Pegg (whose career started with this movie) and a bunch of other lesser-known actors and actresses yet the general public still flocked to the theaters to see it. This movie cleverly balances violence and gore with comedic satire and as a result, we received a bloody fun time.
The World’s End (2013)
Shaun of the Dead was such a huge success that Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, and Nick Frost all re-united for another post-apocalyptic comedy. The initial plan was to make an indirect sequel to Shaun of the Dead, but Edgar Wright took a spin on the original movie and gave us The World’s End. Did this movie focus on zombies? No, but it was so different from the rest of the post-apocalyptic comedies that it was a home run in my book!
Last but certainly not least was Pixar’s attempt to dive into the post-apocalyptic world. However, this one is vastly different from the rest of the movies on this list. WALL-E turned out to be one of Pixar’s most critically-acclaimed films as it was intriguing, heart-warming, and very amusing. The movie takes place on a garbage-filled Earth where the humans fled to outer space. WALL-E is the last robot on Earth and never fails to make us laugh and warm our hearts. In the end, this movie showed Hollywood that there are so many different routes to take with the post-apocalyptic setting.