Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
Starring Tyler Labine, Alan Tudyk, Katrina Bowden, Jesse Moss, Philip Granger, Brandon Jay McLaren, Christie Laing, Chelan Simmons, Alex Arsenault, Travis Nelson, Karen Reigh
Directed by Eli Craig
It took me a while to muster up the courage to watch Tucker & Dale vs. Evil because of all the glowing reviews. Many times, the films loved by others leave me unsatisfied, wanting more. I’m happy to say, though, this film did not disappoint. The chemistry between Dale (played by Tyler Labine) and Allison (Katrina Bowden) was heart-warming, and the fight scene between Dale and the maniacal Chad (Jesse Moss) was intense.
Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is so much more than a serial-killer flick, though. The movie is full of comedic elements, most notably the hysterical death scenes. Several “kills” pay homage to slasher films of the past, but no spoilers here; you’ll have to watch the movie to see how these kids die.
If one wanted to wax philosophical about a deeper meaning, he could point out the dangers of paranoia and how that is often a bigger threat to sanity and safety than any person ever could be. Had these teen campers not been so worried about Dale and Tucker’s intentions, they could have avoided death. Another lesson to be learned is the evils of stereotyping. Just because Dale and Tucker (Alan Tudyk) are hillbillies, that doesn’t mean they are inbred fools. Actually, Tucker might be. But Dale is an intelligent, caring man who wears his heart on his sleeve. That can’t be said of all hillbillies, but neither can the opposite.
Alright, enough deep thinking, because I doubt the writers had any of that in mind. This is a fun horror-comedy film with some predictable moments, but with enough twists and good enough acting to keep it very enjoyable.
I have heard a lot of good things about Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, so when I saw the option to watch instantly added this morning, I was happy. I plan to check it out later tonight (after the kids hit the sack, of course), and if I make it all the way through, I’ll let you know what I thought.
Here are a few reviews from around the web: