Do you like comedy? And romance? And Woody Harrelson? Oh…and zombies? If you answered ‘yes’ to each of these, then “Zombieland” is definitely for you! What might be the most fun I’ve had at the movies all year (although “Star Trek” was a lot of fun…it didn’t have zombies!), this little ensemble flick is exactly what you think it should be…mindless, violent fun.
Where some zombie flicks tend to get a little heavy-handed with the social commentary, this movie puts it’s tongue firmly in cheek and follows in the footsteps of “Shaun Of The Dead” by meeting horrific violence (this film has LOTS more violence than ‘Shaun’) with a bit of comedy and a heart of gold. At the beginning we meet Columbus, played by Jesse Eisenberg (who was last seen in “Adventureland”. What’s up next for this guy? “Spaceland”?), who is dealing with the aftermath of a mysterious virus that has taken over the population and turned everyone into zombies. He lives by several select rules so that he can survive, a few which are highlighted extensively in the movie and add a comic flair. Along the way, he meets Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), a zombie-killing cowboy type who loves to hunt down the undead in his search for Twinkies. And later in the movie they find they have met their match as they run into 2 sisters who have also survived the apocalypse, played by Emma Stone (Superbad) and Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine). The banter and wit of the script keeps the movie moving and there is never a dull moment in this tightly-packed hour and a half film. It’s not long, and that is a good thing.
Once again, I am not one to give away plot details, so I will say this…”Zombieland” has an awesome soundtrack, it has a great cast (including a surprise guest appearance by a film superstar!) and it is NEVER boring (the ending scene in an amusement park is worth the price of admission). If I were gonna recommend one horror movie this year, this wouldn’t be it. Because truthfully, under all the gore, this isn’t REALLY a horror movie. Oh sure…it’s scary. But it’s more of a buddy movie than a true “horror” movie. And for those with kids…it definitely lives up to its “R” rating with the amount of gore and scary moments! So go check out “Zombieland” with some adult friends and be ready to have a good time. “Zombieland” is a perfect blend of comedy/romance/scary and is PERFECT for this Halloween season!
Overall Rating: A