Release Date: September 18th.
Written by: Leigh Whannell and Ian Brennan.
Directed by: Jonathan Milot and Cary Murnion.
Starring: Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Leigh Whannell, Jack McBrayer, and Jorge Garcia.
When Cooties premiered at Sundance way back in January of 2014, the early reviews were less than stellar. Most who saw it said that it wasn't funny enough for adults, that it was too gory for kids, and that it lacked heart... they just didn't seem to like it all that much.
I'm honestly not sure what movie those people saw, because the Cooties that we saw was nothing Ike any of them described. Granted, the movie has undergone some editing since its Sundance premiere, and it even has a brand new ending, so the final version that we saw was basically a new cut. Still, I can't imagine that the bulk of what was there before, isn't still there now. I guess this movie illustrates just how important proper editing is to a film.
Oh, and if anyone out there knows how the original ending played out, please let us know. We're curious to know what they changed.
Cooties has shown us a world where tainted chicken nuggets turn all prepubescent kids into rabid, infected killing machines, we fear them even more. Sorry, McDonald's.
|YEAH, NO MORE CHICKEN NUGGETS FOR OUR KIDS.|
|FRODO AIN'T HAVIN' IT!|
Higher education ensues.
|WHY HIROSHI THOUGHT THAT A MAP OF OSAKA WOULD HELP THEM, WE MAY NEVER KNOW.|
The idea of a bunch of infected (zombie) kids running around killing everything that they can get their hands on is a pretty terrifying one, but it's also made into a fun one by Cooties. The way that they just killed infected kids left and right throughout the movie was certainly gory, but it played more like Shaun of the Dead than it did Dawn of the Dead. It was intense a times, and even a bit scary (for some) in one or two places, but for the most part, Cooties is meant to be light, fun, and funny.
|"I WISH I COULD GET INSIDE YOUR HEAD."|
Fuck 'em if they can't take a joke.
The whole cast did a good job here, but it was Rainn Wilson and Leigh Whannell who were the standouts. Rainn Wilson is as likable in this one as he's ever been, and it's good to see him in something truly funny once again. We still miss The Office. As for Leigh Whannell, well his deadpan comedy came out of nowhere and basically stole the show. Who knew that the guy who created Saw and Insidious had such a wicked sense of comedic timing?
|THOSE KIDS HAVE ISSUES.|
This is truly a minor complaint, but still.
|THE BEE KNOWS. IT ALWAYS KNOWS.|
|SORRY, ELIJAH. IT JUST DIDN'T WORK.|
|THIS LITTLE BASTARD...|
"Follow me, I do CrossFit!"
"Oh, you'll sneak around, huh? Sneak around like a little Hobbit!"
"Wait, your book is called Keel Them All?"
"I'm giving you kids an F... for fuck you!"
|AND 90% OF WHAT LEIGH WHANNELL SAYS.|
|ALSO, WATCHING RAINN WILSON RUN IS WAY FUNNIER THAN IT SHOULD BE.|
This movie will be in our collections the day that it hits Blu-ray.
B+ or maybe even an A-. Either way, a solid 4 out of 5.
Cooties is available now on VOD, and in Limited Theatrical Release.
Alison Pill is a Super QT.