Overlord

overlord1Overlord should be a guilty pleasure, a pulpish, b-movie blast. It reminded me a great deal of Planet Terror, a film I really do consider a guilty pleasure. It has that same kind of madly self-indulgent, OTT approach, but Overlord certainly isn’t anywhere near as bold as Planet Terror was. Instead of grindhouse this film is way, way more mainstream, and yeah, plays things surprisingly (considering its as gory and violent as it is) safe. I find myself thinking that had Overlord been a Quentin Tarantino flick, it could have been great- it just needs that edge, that wild dialogue and those crazy shocks that Tarantino is so famous for, which its lacking.

Which is, yeah, a case of me moaning more about what it isn’t rather than what it is, which possibly isn’t fair, but the film rather seems to have set itself up this way, promising a pulpish World War Two horror film that is pretty wild. But it isn’t, really. The bad guy Nazi’s are pretty routine when they possibly should have been super-pantomime villains, hysterically crazy-funny. They should have been really ‘Out There’ and instead they seem quite pedestrian bad guys; it’s almost as if the film wastes its Nazi menace. Which is a little odd, considering the main bad guy villain Wafner is played by Pilou Asbæk, who was so wild in Game of Thrones as the insufferably annoying Euron Greyjoy. Asbæk is quite neutered in this, and his performance sums up the rest of the film too. And don’t get me started on the utterly anemic mad scientist in this.

Maybe it should have been more of a War movie than it is a horror movie? I mean, it isn’t really scary as it is, and maybe that’s because it fails as a horror film.  I don’t know. I just get the feeling this film could have been a riot, and it wasn’t. Despite the gore and violence, it’s quite uninvolving and comes across like the PG-certificate cut of a proper R-rated picture. So bloody weird, frankly.

 

 

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