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FIDO was an easy and fairly enjoyable horror/comedy that took the basic, old school Disney-ish film narrative structure, added a pinch of Lassie to it (the kid is called Timmy...nough said) and spinned them both on their severed head by tossing flesh craving Zombies into the gravy-mix. The peculiar result was a harmless yet amusing opus that had me smiling and giggling like a glue sniffing toddler randomly throughout. The bang-on performances found in this playpen were definitely its main strength with Carrie-Anne Moss, Henry Czerny and Dylan Baker in particular playing their "soured apple pie" roles with flair and talent. I couldn't get enough of those three! They obviously had a riot doing the film and I had a bigger riot watching them go at it. Did I say "hoot" enough times for ya yet? No! RIOT! Furthermore, I particularly grooved to the perfectly imitated "Leave it to Beaver" look of the picture which contrasted beautifully with the decaying undead roaming about. You haven't lived a full life until you've seen Zombies take out the trash or serve drinks at a BBQ within a sunny, picture perfect, puke inducing suburban setting. The clever dialogue, the use of 50's like ditties and the occasional "faux documentary reels" also chimed in to bring an endearing aura of "whimsical charm" to the affair.
Alas the film played it a tad too safe for my sadistic liking. The plot emulated the Disney narrative structure to a T, hence I saw every plot turn coming way from miles away. Yup, surprises were seldom and some drastic deviating from the mold would've been swell. The film skimped out on the horror way too much as well. Even with its Zombies in tow, FIDO could almost pass as a children's film (and I hate children's films). It never ran far enough with its horrific elements to thrill, scare or leave much of an impression, making it too stale for this genre nut. Finally, the pace of the affair did lag in places, some healthy snip-snips here and there could've made the whole flow smoother than a wet hooker waxing one's pole. But that's just my opinion and last I checked, I'm an ignorant fool.
Everywhere I go (i.e. the Pub, my house, the Pub, my house), FIDO is being compared to Shaun of the Dead but where the latter capitalized equally on its horror and yuk-yuks, this one mostly went for the easy and pretty edge-less laughs. With that spat on your windshield, I still found it to be a gnarly watch and recommend you see it at least once. Now if only I can get my hands on one of them mind-controlling collars to slap on sultry Elisha Cutberth. She'd do more than mow the lawn in my household, she'd also pamper my "bleep" with her tongue. Yes, I have a dream!
Carrie-Anne Moss (Helen) was a delight as the subdued yet every growing sensual and ball breaking wise wife. She totally sold me on her role! Henry Czerny (Mr. Bottoms) was pure genius as the no-bullshit, dedicated and emotionally detached head of Zomcom. They couldn't have cast a better actor! Comedian Billy Connolly (Fido) restrained? That's feasible??? Well it was here! I didn't even know it was him until the end credits! Good old Bill did a fine job at playing the low-key Zombie with a bite of gold. Dylan Baker (Bill Tim Blake Nelson) did the emasculated/absentee father thing perfectly while K'Sun Ray (Timmy) was a revelation via his focused, credible and non-grating display. NOTE: All of the secondary actors found in this film ACED their