Love and Monsters (2020)

Of all the films that I’ve watched over quarantine, Love and Monsters is the one that deserved to play in a theater.

Directed by Michael Matthews from a script by Brian Duffield (who wrote The Babysitter and wrote and directed Spontaneous) and Matthew Robinson (Monster Trucks), this movie creates an interesting world from the first frame, a place where an asteroid almost hits the Earth, but nuclear weapons destroy it. However, the fallout transforms any cold-blooded animal into a mutated monster and within days, most of the human race is dead.

This all takes place seven years before this movie, on the night that Joel Dawson (Dylan O’Brien) is separated from his girlfriend Aimee (Jessica Henwick). After reconnecting with her via the radio, he decides to leave behind the bunker where he’s spent his life and cross the dangerous world left behind to find her.

Joel has no survival skills at all, mostly acting as the cook for his group. Once he gets to the outside, he’s quickly saved and taught what he needs to know by Clyde Dutton (Michael Rooker) and Minnow (Ariana Greenblatt). Then, he’s on his way, seeking true love, which he learns the meaning of once he gets to Aimee’s settlement.

If you have older kids who aren’t frightened by big monsters, this is a great movie. I’ll give you a small spoiler and let you know that Boy the dog survives, if you worry about that like I do.

Originally titled Monster Problems, this has moments of true beauty amongst the monster mayhem, such as when the Mav1s robot plays music for our hero and luminescent jellyfish float through the air.

I would more than recommend this movie and hope for a sequel. It was an absolute blast and a real escape from the issues of the world, as all good movies are.

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