Movie Review: ‘Tucker & Dale vs. Evil’ with Alan Tudyk

by on August 27, 2011

in Entertainment, movie reviews

This is a movie review of the indie film, Tucker & Dale vs Evil, starring Tyler Labine (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Alan Tudyk (Transformers: Dark of the Moon).  It was produced by Eden Rock Media and distributed by Magnet Releasing.  It’s directed by Eli Craig.

Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk in 'Tucker & Dale vs Evil'

I’m a huge Alan Tudyk fan.  I first saw him in Joss Whedon’s FireflySerenity and then in Dollhouse on TV and the latest project I’ve seen him in, Transformers 2.  I’m a fan of his acting versatility.  Hence I found the time to see this movie. I had high hopes for Tucker & Dale vs. Evil.  The trailer looked hilarious to me.

Tucker & Dale vs Evil is about comedic take on two hillbillies who go on a vacation and get caught up in a confusing scheme of murder/suicide with some teens on a weekend getaway.

Katrina Bowden in 'Tucker & Dale vs Evil'

It starts out with the kids first seeing Tucker and Dale and being creeped out by their “murderous,” creepy l look.  Later that day, one of the girls, Allie (Katrina Bowden [30 Rock]) falls off a rock and into the water and when Dale saves her, the teens see him grabbing her and think they’re attacking and abducting her.

Through a series of misconceptions, the teens mistake Dale (Labine) and Tucker (Tudyk) for real-live murderers.  But as the kids try to “defend” themselves, they take the initiative by attacking the hillbillies first, but they end up repeatedly hurting themselves instead.

Chelan Simmons in 'Tucker & Dale vs Evil'

But alas, my anticipations for the movie seemed a bit unwarranted.  The only decent highlights from the first half of the movie were all the funny scenes from the movie trailer!  That was a bit disappointing.  The second half of the movie is a sort of typical set of ensemble story wrap-ups that continue to escalate throughout the movie.

It got atypical cute in the second half but with nothing too spanking different.  I even felt like Tudyk was underused in the film, meaning I don’t think he really had to stretch too far to embrace this role.  He has such a huge range of persona skills and this one, a hillbilly, is a new one for me, but it didn’t shine.

Still of Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk in 'Tucker & Dale vs Evil'

To be honest, I came away from the movie feeling like if I had, I spent too much money on the film.  Pretty much most of the funniest stuff (for me) is in the trailer.  The trailer is priceless!  But hey, there’s even a great twist at the end of the movie, but it was lost in the ho-hum-ed-ness of the film.

Other cast includes Jesse Moss (Final Destination 3, The Uninvited), Brandon Jay McLaren (Harper’s Island, The Killing), Chelan Simmons  (Percy Jackson & The Olympians, and a bunch of Syfy movies, Ice Twisters, Malibu Shark Attack, Ogre. and a few guest roles in some of my fave genre shows: Stargate Atlantis, Supernatural, & Smallville.) and a few more murdered teens.

Movie Review Popcorn Score 07I’m not quite sure why folks are raving like they are about this movie.  It’s cute, it’s a great comedic twist on the classic backwoods horror film and, for me, it has Alan Tudyk in there.  But Since I’ve seen all the great funny parts already in the trailer, the let-down factor kicked in.  I guess if I had not seen the trailer, and think back to my reaction to the trailer, I can see me giving this movie a popcorn 7.

But having seen the trailer, after that, it was a bit of a hollow movie experience.

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil is available via Magnolia On Demand and in theaters beginning Sept. 30.  And if you do see it, keep in mind, no, six-shooters don’t have ten rounds.  And yes, all the movie stills here, as you can see, there’s a lot of screaming from both sides. LOL.

If you’re brave enough, here’s the movie trailer:


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