Me: "We need to see Overlord!"
Brother: "Whoa, this is freaky. I literally just watched a trailer for that like two minutes ago and was going to text you the exactly same thing!!"
Me: "It's a sign. Hopefully a sign that it's awesome and we'll really enjoy it!"
Brother: "Oh shit, you must be watching the Seahawks game!"
Although I thought fate was working some mysterious magic on us for a second there - instead we were just watching the same game at the same time - the real magic is that when we both saw this trailer, for the first time, we both knew what had to be done. Overlord had to be seen.
I rarely ever see movies on opening weekend, let alone opening day. I just don't like
people crowds that much. I made an exception for this film.
I can't put in proper terms how excited I was to see this film, and I can't tell you exactly why I had to see it except that it had the look and feel (based on the trailer alone) of a film sure to kick ass and take names. I'm also not sure if it was released on Veterans Day weekend purposefully, but this proud ten year+ Veterans Affairs Administration employee and member of a military family was All Over this film, and not wrong at all in my suspicions of it's ass kickery.
Going to take a moment here to reiterate my Twitter post - sent about 10 minutes after walking out of the theater:
Oh hell yeah, Overlord!! It's opening weekend - get yourself a seat for this experience!!— Jolie Bergman (@HorrorHabitBlog) November 10, 2018
If you have a heart condition, ask your doctor if these opening scenes are right for you.
Just remembering the opening scenes gives me palpitations. Holy SHIT.
I was working in a movie theater when Saving Private Ryan was released and remember hearing about WWII Veterans needing to walk out because the visuals/memories were all too real. I've never been in a war zone. I never want to. But this film's opening scenes help give the audience an experience of what D-Day - war in general - entails.
That's a horror story in itself.
And then the zombie things show up....
This is a war film. This a military show. This is a horror story. This is a creature feature film of epic proportions. Bonus: Punching Nazis in the face!
My brother and I argue about how much of a creature feature film this is - you decide for yourself by seeing it. I felt the creatures played a significant role. He felt they were secondary to the other horrors happening.
All in all, here's what you need to know: A handful of American soldiers with a mission to dismantle Nazi communications head into France on the eve of D-Day, and then they stumble upon experiments....
Thrilling, adventurous, people making bad descions, people making sacrificial descions, real monsters, medical monsters, heartfelt, insane, gross, gritty, fast, and kick-ass: See This Film.
For the best experience, see this film in the theater.
***As I was typing this up I just got the news that Stan Lee passed away. I'm adding this news to this post because his comics played no small role in my youth - finding the hero in yourself and in others - and the role he played as hero to so many, in comics and in person. Cheers to you, sir. For everything. Travel on to that next world peacefully.
Thank you to all of America's veterans for your service. Fun fact: Stan’s official US Army title during WW2 was ‘Playwright.’ #VeteransDay pic.twitter.com/limi6CWzsL— stan lee (@TheRealStanLee) November 11, 2018
Cheers, heros. F*ck you Nazis.