Tucker and Dale vs Evil
Taking a comedic look at accidental death and the way our mind works when we judge someone based on first impressions, Tucker and Dale vs. Evil works on so many levels that it is really difficult to put into words.
First off, the comedic relief and undeniable talents of both Tyler Labine (Dale) and Alan Tudyk (Tucker) is simply astounding. Taking a mediocre script and a ridiculously low budget, both actors turn to their talent and humor to sell the events that make the story complete. Sure there are some stupid and unlikely occurrences, but our leading duo’s facial expressions and reactions help you quickly forget the ridiculousness of it all, stirring laughs and smiles all around. And when an iconic plot line or a stint of irresistible dialogue arises, you lose yourself.
The group of college co-eds is nothing to get too excited about, though the stereotypes they fulfill do cause you to laugh as you imagine which one of your friends embodies each character. Their acting is nothing spectacular, but in a horror comedy, do you ever expect much?
The ending of the film marks the first moment that the feature truly starts to lose its luster. Is it funny? Yes. But does it become a bit predictable and over-the-top ridiculous? Yes. It isn’t bad, but I wasn’t disappointed when the story finally came to an end. It ran about five minutes too long (the average scenario for any film), and gave me plenty of laughs. I entered the theater tired and worn down (as I did for most Sundance features), but I left feeling slightly more energized and entertained.
Tucker and Dale vs. Evil wasn’t amazing, nor was it award season worthy. But for those looking for a fun, lighthearted adventure through the rigorous backfiring that can happen when you label someone and refuse to stop and listen, it is downright perfect!