By Dave B.
In Anna and the Apocalypse (2018, currently on Amazon Prime), Anna is having a having a tough day. Besides the standard difficulties associated with being a high school student, Anna faces an uncertain post-graduation future. To make matters worse, the zombie apocalypse is about to start, forcing Anna and her friends to battle their way through legions of the undead in an attempt to reach the safe haven of their school. Along the way, the group confronts the uncertainties that are associated with growing up and occasionally break out into musical numbers as they face myriad dangers and heartbreaks.
The first two-thirds of Anna and the Apocalypse is filled with an infectious energy that makes the movie very approachable and enjoyable, in a sprightly kind of way. The ubiquitous musical numbers are actually pretty catchy. All in all, the first part of the movie reminds me a lot of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer episode, “Once More, With Feeling” (one of my personal favorite episodes). The main characters are very likeable and easy to root for, and in general there’s a feel-good vibe to the film that is much appreciated. However…
The final third of the movie is a stark and rapid departure from what came before. It’s dark and depressing. The change in the tone of the film is so abrupt that it nearly gave me whiplash. The writers make some decisions about the fate of some of the characters that can only be described as atrocious. Despite enjoying the majority of the film, I actively and intensely dislike how it ends.
Anna and the Apocalypse is a tough movie to recommend because of it’s massive change in tone near the end. If you enjoy catchy musicals, decent performances, and a high-energy script, then you’ll probably like most of this movie. However, my suggestion is to avoid getting to emotionally invested in this film. If you can’t do that, you may be in for some massive disappointments as Anna and the Apocalypse progresses.
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