31 Days of Reviews: Tucker and Dale vs. Evil (2010)

A trip out to Tucker’s newly purchased vacation home was supposed to be a relaxing buddy weekend. Too bad these ignorant college kids have mistaken them for murderers.

Earlier this month, I reviewed Little Evil, which was a much anticipated return to film from the director of Tucker and Dale vs. Evil, Eli Craig. At the time, I had never seen Tucker and Dale. I had only heard some really great things.

In any case, I figured it was about time I gave this one a watch. I’m very glad that I finally took the plunge. Tucker and Dale vs. Evil is fantastic. I had a wonderful time watching it. I think I had a smile on my face the entire time.

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The film stars Alan Tudyk (Firefly) and Tyler Labine (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) as the titular Tucker and Dale. They have a great chemistry as long time best friends. I’m a big fan of Tudyk. I find him enjoyable in practically everything he acts in. Labine does a great job here as well.

The ignorant college kids are made up of a pretty big ensemble. The most notable one is Ally, portrayed by Katrina Bowden (Piranha 3DD), who has a period of growth out of ignorance upon meeting our two heros. The rest of the ignorant college kids are portrayed by a group that consists of Jesse Moss (Final Destination 3), Chelan Simmons (Final Destination 3), Brandon Jay McLaren (She’s the Man), Christie Laing (Arrow), and Alex Arsenault (Kid Cannabis), to name a few.

I really enjoyed several things about Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. For one, it subverts a lot of tropes that we’ve all grown accustomed to. It plays with them. It has fun. It’s easy to an extent to see both sides of the big miscommunication that this film portrays. We see Tucker and Dale do things that are innocent, but would be red flags in any other scary movie.

As the miscommunication between the two groups progresses, it becomes an all out war of sorts. The college kids feel completely justified in their actions, so they’re overzealous to a fault. Tucker and Dale are just trying to protect themselves from the onslaught. It’s a funny predicament. It’s messed up, but hilarious.

It’s a perfect example of Murphy’s Law. Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. You see a woodchipper? Someone is going into that woodchipper. It’s laced with foreshadowing that makes it somewhat predictable, but that doesn’t lessen the fun of it all.

After seeing the film, I can definitely jump onto the wagon with the people who were saying that Little Evil is an inferior film. It attempts to do the same thing that Tucker and Dale succeeds at, but it doesn’t hit its marks in the exact same way. This film is a gem, and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to finally see it.

I would absolutely recommend Tucker and Dale vs. Evil to anyone who’s looking for a good horror comedy. It’s a really good time. I enjoyed it immensely.

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