“Overlord” is also, in a word, brilliant. It’s one of the better movies I’ve reviewed/seen this year, and I've seen quite a few. Sure, it’s no “Boy Erased.” And yeah, “Overlord” doesn’t have the backing of a cinematic universe like “Avengers: Infinity War,” but it does have moxie, gumption; a charming confidence of sorts.
In a world where original stories are growing increasingly rare on the blockbuster big screen, "Overlord" overdelivers. It's a unique tale of heroism and nobility, but it does adhere to a familiar format: zombies. Specifically, the beloved zombies of video game lovers the country over.
If you've ever played one of these games, you know what I mean. Typically, there's a party of four tasked with taking the undead down. There's the tough guy, the long shot, the girl with guts and the skinny guy who occasionally comes in handy. You select your hero, run around a town or an old train station and collect guns and supplies to kill "zombs" as you traverse hell on earth.
And that's basically "Overlord" in a nutshell, but with enough twists, turns, one-liners and action-packed awesomeness to keep this critical critic on the edge of his seat for almost two hours.
Be warned: "Overlord" is rated "R" for a reason. If you're not good with blood and guts, we strongly advise you steer clear of it. That being said, if there's a gamer or zombie enthusiast in your family, or you just need to get the boys out of the house for a few hours to get a head start on Thanksgiving prep, spread the good word and tell them to see "Overlord" in theaters this November.
It's worth it.
Check out our gallery of stills from the film below.