‘Love and Monsters’ Review: The hopeful, charming, fun movie we all need right now

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Love and Monsters premiered on digital on demand from Paramount Pictures on October 16, 2020

This movie is exactly what we all need in this crazy year. Love and Monsters may look like just another monster movie, but it’s so much more. It’s sweet, it’s charming and it delivers a wonderful message of hope and perseverance that left us with a warm and fuzzy feeling that we definitely didn’t expect. 

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The story follows Joel, a simple man who is navigating life seven years deep into a monster apocalypse. Alone. He’s not technically alone, but with everyone in his bunker paired up, he feels like an extreme third wheel and is lonely in his new life. In flashbacks, we see that prior to the end of the world, Joel had a girlfriend named Aimee. 

Aimee and Joel were separated at the start of the monster uprising, but he has finally found her! She is in a different bunker, far away. Joel is the bunker chef because he tends to freeze in the face of danger, but he musters the courage that nobody believed him to have and decides to set out to find her. He leaves his bunker and makes his way to his long, lost, love. 

Official synopsis: 

Seven years after the Monsterpocalypse, Joel Dawson (Dylan O’Brien), along with the rest of humanity, has been living underground ever since giant creatures took control of the land. After reconnecting over radio with his high school girlfriend Aimee (Jessica Henwick), who is now 80 miles away at a coastal colony, Joel begins to fall for her again. As Joel realizes that there’s nothing left for him underground, he decides against all logic to venture out to Aimee, despite all the dangerous monsters that stand in his way.

Out of the bunker, Joel meets Boy, the best dog EVER and two survivors that give him a crash course in monster survival. Michael Rooker and Ariana Greenblatt play the knowledgeable duo that help Joel gain the skills and confidence he needs to continue on his journey. Greenblatt’s portrayal of Minnow, a brilliant and tough young survivor is wonderful. Her scenes with O’Brien’s Joel are truly so fun to watch. 

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The charm and warmth of the film comes from Dylan O’Brien’s portrayal of Joel. With 95% of the world’s population wiped out and after watching the death of his own parents, Joel could have easily come off as glum and defeated, but O’Brien brings such charm and lightness to an otherwise dangerous and eerie world. Also, his narration always manages to add a bit of optimism to the story.  

Joel is alone a lot, but thankfully, he finds a furry friend, (Boy) to talk to along the way. They make a great team! And if you are the type of person that won’t watch this movie for fear that Boy will die, let me give you a spoiler – he does not die! 

This film is a fun, exciting, perfectly paced adventure that will make you laugh, and it’s message of hope will give you more warm and fuzzy feel than you’d ever expect from a movie filled with giant bugs! Love and Monsters has so much heart and you should absolutely go watch it right now!

Love and Monsters is available to rent or buy on digital on demand


Meg Bonney

Meg is a TV obsessed writer based in the Midwest. She is also the author of the award winning YA-Fantasy novel, EVERLY and tends to be overly caffeinated. Find her on Twitter to chat about TV, books and Bellamy Blake's freckles.

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