Okay, have you read the book? Fine. Now, forget all about that and just go in to the movie with the mindset that it is its own separate entity. Many of you mark the Max Brooks novel as the beginning of the "zombie craze" in the book world. If you are like me, you read it a LONG time ago and can only remember specific parts that might have struck a chord. Since then, hundreds--if not thousands--of zombie titles have come and gone. You can recall hearing that Brad Pitt (Seriously? Brad Pitt...wow! That will totally add credibility to the zombie genre!) snagged the movie rights. The eager anticipation built and built as you waited anxiously for the film to hit the big screen.
All of that would have been fine except for one little thing.
Kirkman's television series already landed, swept the beach, and pushed inland. The Walking Dead is a bona fide hit. So, World War Z has a lot of ground to make up if it is going to be a smash with the masses. I went in with the idea that I was in no way going to hold this up beside the book and wait for it to sync. Trust me when I tell you...that is the way to see this film.
The movie is very well done. The action is intense (I even jumped once) and I believe that most people will enjoy it. As with The Walking Dead, it will introduce more people to the monster that many of us know and love. It is what you expect from a summer blockbuster. Good, mindless fun for all. I will say that I saw the HD XD showing...it is not necessary. This movie is fine in good old 2D.
There are a few holes, and a moment or two where you really have to remember that Brad Pitt is the star and he is supposed to survive zombie hordes, horrific accidents (planes, cars, etc.) so just let it be. The zombies are actually fun. Love the teeth clacking thing!
So, is this the next "be all...best ever" zombie movie? No. Is it fun, entertaining and pretty well done? Yes. Just don't go in expecting an honest adaptation of the book and take it as its own piece.