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Every so often as we watch movies, there’s a select few where you can tell it was made with love and that everyone involved had a good time making it. The latest one to come our way is Love and Monsters, which is a fun and thrilling sci-fi, action, romantic comedy that’s extremely entertaining and more fun than it should be.
Our own Christian Stirling enjoyed this film as well, and you can check out his review for all of the plot details as I go into my take on the 4K Blu-ray release and the special features. Like him, I had a good time with this one as I went in not knowing what to expect and was pleasantly rewarded for it. Everyone from Dylan O’Brien to Michael Rooker to Ariana Greenblatt playing the small but spunky Minnow was perfectly cast in their roles and you can tell they were having a good time filming this as it comes through their characters.
Making my way through the film, I couldn’t help but feel like I was watching one of those wild, crazy “feel good” movies from the mid to late 80s or early 90s. It just has this fun vibe coming from it that sucks you in and doesn’t let go, even during the more serious and darker parts that show up. But then there’s also plenty of mushy moments that I loved as they definitely brought some feels I wasn’t prepared for, but were welcome nonetheless.
I was lucky enough to review the film on its 4K UHD with HDR Blu-ray release, and it’s the perfect way to experience this adventure ride as the visuals are crisp and colorful thanks to the UHD visuals and HDR color making every piece of foliage and monster pop off the screen. And the Dolby Atmos audio will have you ducking for cover and seeking shelter behind the couch as the monsters and action sounds tear through your audio setup.
While the movie is great, the special features are a little lackluster. The best of them are the seven deleted scenes that add a little more context to the parts of the movie they tie into, but you can see why they cut as well. “Bottom of the Food Chan: The Cast of Love and Monsters” is a short extra with the cast going into the making of film and what they got out of it, and lastly there’s “It’s a Monster’s World: Crating a Post-Apocalyptic Landscape” that gives viewers a behind the scenes look of the making of the movie that’s fun but seems to end before it starts.
Love and Monsters is one of those rare special films that delivers a good time throughout, which is basically what any movie should strive to do. Everyone is having a great time here and it shows, and I think that’s the magic vibe it puts out that makes you instantly fall for it and stay put until the credits roll. So go ahead and give this movie some monster love, you won’t regret it.