Much has been much made of the production delays, re-shoots, and re-writes of World War Z. The film adaptation of Max Brooks best-selling novel has been riddled with problems as producer/star Brad Pitt and director Marc Forster attempted to prevent the zombie disaster film from becoming, well, a disaster. Well, the tweets are in! Believe it or not, early word on World War Z suggests it’s actually a very good action thriller.
Last night, Paramount Pictures screened World War Z in Hoboken, New Jersey. The movie theater was full of celebrities, key members of the press, and fans of the Max Brooks’ novel . It was reported that Brad Pitt was at the screening and introduced the film to the New Jersey audience.
The early reactions are overwhelmingly positive. The degree of positivity varies from “very good” to “great.” It appears that early criticisms of World War Z not being like the book — a mosaic of narratives about the zombie apocalypse — have cooled with the first public screening. While the new movie follows one narrative, World War Z is said to capture the general mood and tone of the book. This sort of reaction certainly bodes well for the film’s overall box office. You can read the early Twitter reactions from celebs and journalists below.
Just saw World War Z. Sooo much better than World War A-Y. #WorldWarZ
— jimmy fallon (@jimmyfallon) May 23, 2013
— Kevin Bacon (@kevinbacon) May 23, 2013
With Morgan F at the World War Z screening. Love him and really liked the movie when my eyes weren’t covered! twitter.com/katiecouric/st…
— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) May 23, 2013
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) May 23, 2013
— DeborahNorville (@DeborahNorville) May 23, 2013
World War Z: a big, solid zombie movie. Makes up for in scope what it lacks in blood.
— Scott Collura (@ScottIGN) May 23, 2013
So after all that fuss, ‘World War Z’ turned out to be a surprisingly effective zombie thriller.
— Mike Sampson (@mjsamps) May 23, 2013
World War Z will probably be the most intense movie you will see this summer…I was shocked it was that good. So much for those re-shoots.
— LatinoReview-Kel (@Latinoreview) May 23, 2013
So, was World War Z exactly like the book? No, but I felt it captured much of the flavor, and man, does it have some intense sequences.
— Charles Soule (@CharlesSoule) May 23, 2013
— SimonPS (@simonps) May 23, 2013
I saw World War Z tonight. It was NOT the book. But it was INCREDIBLY anxiety-inducing despite having flaws in the denoument. But!
— bex schwartz (@starbex) May 23, 2013
Saw World War Z. Not at all the disaster it’s been made out to be. It’s entertaining and will do fine. So there, negative buzz,
— Kurt Andersen (@KBAndersen) May 23, 2013
World War Z is unreal. A great film. Was totally stressed out from start to finish
— Emma Heming-Willis (@EmmaHeming) May 23, 2013
World War Z will feature a race against time to stop a zombie pandemic that threatens to end all of humanity. Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt), a U.N. employee, travels the globe trying to bring an end to the deadly outbreak, while also trying to keep his family safe from certain doom.
The zombie thriller will also feature actors Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale, Eric West, Bryan Cranston, David Morse, and Matthew Fox. Matthew Michael Carnahan (State of Play, The Kingdom) wrote World War Z’s screenplay, while Damon Lindelof and Drew Goddard re-wrote the film’s final act and ending.
World War Z will hit theaters everywhere on June 21st, in 3D and IMAX.