/slash 2017 – Day 7: Mon Mon Mon Monsters

Mon Mon Mon Monsters
Taiwan 2017
Written by Giddens Ko
Directed by Giddens Ko
Watched on 27.09.2017

I liked the monsters (even though they were pretty much a mix of vampires and zombies), there were a couple of tense moments, and I loved the scene in the bus, which was absolutely awesome. Other than that, though, “Mon Mon Mon Monsters” unfortunately wasn’t my cup of tea. Apart from the fact that it – once again – was far too long, my main beef with the movie were the characters. I hated each and every one of them, and yes, that also includes the protagonist, because even though his development from a victim of bullying to a hanger-on was plausible, it didn’t make him any more likeable to me (and let’s not even get started on his final act). Thus, just like with the rest of the bunch, I just waited for them to finally get killed. However, it was equally impossible for me to care for the monsters, who ruthlessly kill other people. Thus, I was stuck between a rock and a hard place, so to speak, not caring for either side of this conflict. Also, the “Who are the real monsters here?”-question that the movie asks (which, to add insult to injury, is actually spoken out loud by one of the characters at one time; just in case you’re dumb and didn’t get it) is far too common within the genre for the movie to gather any points for it. There were also a couple of scenes that were too over the top and thus implausible to me, and where they tried way too hard to preach their “all teenagers are assholes”-message (like when almost all the pupils film the… let’s call it “medical emergency”… of their teacher). Also, what kind of insult is “boobies lover?” Seriously, I’ve been called far worse in my time. Must be a cultural thing. Mostly, though, I had a problem with the tone of the movie. “Mon mon mon monsters” can’t decide if it wants to be a drama or a comedy. It wants us to be appalled one minute, and laugh out loud in the next. This constant shift in tone didn’t work for me at all. Overall, “Mon mon mon monsters” gets an “E” for effort.


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