Man, this movie is odd. On one hand, I really appreciate the different approach it takes with a genre that lacks much originality. On the other hand, it’s just a bad movie. Fido is essentially an alternate reality where zombies are used as servants for the living. It’s set to an almost idyllic 50’s era tone, with everything being overly bright and colorful, while all the characters conform to that whole LIFE IS GREAT 50’s attitude. It’s this concept that makes Fido worth watching, as the zombies and the setting fit so strangely together. It’s just the rest of the movie that blows it hard.
The main plot focuses around a lonely, friendless boy, and Fido, a zombie that he befriends. His parents don’t want the zombie at all (especially the Dad, who is quite against zombies in general), but they see the bond that the boy and the zombie have, so they allow it. From there on out, things are as predictable as they come. Fido gets in trouble, is banished from the family, comes back, gets in a fight with the Dad, and eventually the day is saved. I think something climactic happens at the end, but I honestly couldn’t tell you, as I just kind of zoned out at that point. There are a few good gags though. The best being the oversexed neighbor that has a steady line of zombie girls to do his bidding. There’s also some great interplay between the Mom and Fido, which ends up being its own side-plot.
Overall though, I would recommend sitting down and watching it for as long as you can stand it. Again, the concept is genius, but the movie falls flat with its incredibly predictable plot and weird racial overtones that drag down whatever awesome ideas the director got in the movie.
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